Re: [R] Accessing elements of a list

From: David Winsemius <dwinsemius_at_comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 15:29:04 -0400

On May 25, 2011, at 3:25 PM, Seth W Bigelow wrote:

> I have a list that is made of lists of varying length. I wish to
> create a
> new vector that contains the last element of each list. So far I
> have used
> sapply to determine the length of each list, but I'm stymied at the
> part
> where I index the list to make a new vector containing only the last
> item
> of each list
>
> mylist = list(c(1,2,3),c("cat","dog"),c("x","y","z","zz")) #
> Create
> list
>
> last <- sapply(mylist,length) # Make vector with list lengths
>
> last_only <- mylist[[1:length(mylist)]][last] # Crash and burn
> trying to
> make new vector with last items!
>
> How do I do this last step?

 > lapply(mylist, tail, 1)
[[1]]
[1] 3

[[2]]
[1] "dog"

[[3]]
[1] "zz"

 > unlist(lapply(mylist, tail, 1))
[1] "3" "dog" "zz"

>
>
> Dr. Seth W. Bigelow
> Biologist, USDA-FS Pacific Southwest Research Station
> 1731 Research Park Drive, Davis California
> sbigelow_at_fs.fed.us / ph. 530 759 1718
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David Winsemius, MD
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