Re: [R] Changing Attribute With Paste

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 06:42:35 -0400

On 11-05-14 4:14 AM, Sparks, John James wrote:
> Dear R Helpers,
> I am trying to adjust the attribute of an R object pulled from quantmod.
> Since I want to do this for many such objects, I was trying to make the
> adjustment programmatic. Unfortunately, I am having a huge amount of
> trouble using attr in combination with paste (and perhaps get, and perhaps
> assign, none of which seem to help). When I hard-code the change it works
> fine. Your help would be much appreciated.
> require(quantmod)
> getFin("NYSE:A")
> attr(NYSE.A.f,"symbol")<-"A" #works fine
> ticker<-"A"
> attr(paste("NYSE.",ticker,".f",sep=""),"symbol")<-"A" #doesn't work
> attr(get(paste("NYSE.",ticker,".f",sep="")),"symbol")<-"A" #nor does
> this, nor the hundred other combinations I have tried

This should work:

name <- paste("NYSE.",ticker,".f",sep="") x <- get(name)
attr(x, "symbol") <- "A"
assign(name, x)

Duncan Murdoch mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Sat 14 May 2011 - 10:45:06 GMT

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