Re: [R] Unexpected behaviour as.data.frame

From: Bert Gunter <gunter.berton_at_gene.com>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 07:43:00 -0700

In your post, you're missing the final "s" on the stringsAsFactors argument in the d1 assignment. When I typed it correctly, it works as expected.

On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 4:25 AM, Jan van der Laan <rhelp_at_eoos.dds.nl> wrote:
> I use the following code to create two data.frames d1 and d2 from a list:
> types  <- c("integer", "character", "double")
> nlines <- 10
> d1     <- as.data.frame(lapply(types, do.call, list(nlines)),
> stringsAsFactor=FALSE)
> l2     <- lapply(types, do.call, list(nlines))
> d2     <- as.data.frame(l2, stringsAsFactors=FALSE)
>
> I would expect d1 and d2 to be the same, however, in d1 the second column is
> a factor while in d2 it is a character (which I would expect):
>
>> str(d1)
>
> 'data.frame':   10 obs. of  3 variables:
>  $ c.0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L.: int  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
>  $ c........................................: Factor w/ 1 level "": 1 1 1 1
> 1 1 1 1 1 1
>  $ c.0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0.          : num  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
>>
>> str(d2)
>
> 'data.frame':   10 obs. of  3 variables:
>  $ c.0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L..0L.: int  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
>  $ c........................................: chr  "" "" "" "" ...
>  $ c.0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0..0.          : num  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
>
>
> As different but related question: I use the commands above to create an
> 'empty' data.frame with specified column types and dimensions. I need this
> data.frame to pass on to my c++ routines. Is there a more simple/elegant way
> of creating this data.frame?
>
> Regards,
>
> Jan
>
>
> PS:
> I am running R on 64 bit Ubuntu 11.04:
>
>> sessionInfo()
>
> R version 2.12.1 (2010-12-16)
> Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
>
> locale:
>  [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C
>  [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
>  [5] LC_MONETARY=C              LC_MESSAGES=en_US.UTF-8
>  [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C
>  [9] LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C
> [11] LC_MEASUREMENT=en_US.UTF-8 LC_IDENTIFICATION=C
>
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
>
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Bert Gunter
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