Re: [Rd] Quiz: How to get a "named column" from a data frame

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:20:51 +0200

On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM, Christian Brechbühler .... wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM, Martin Maechler
> <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:
>>
>> Today, I was looking for an elegant (and efficient) way
>> to get a named (atomic) vector by selecting one column of a data frame.
>> Of course, the vector names must be the rownames of the data frame.
>>
>> Ok, here is the quiz, I know one quite "cute"/"slick" answer, but was
>> wondering if there are obvious better ones, and
>> also if this should not become more idiomatic (hence "R-devel"):
>>
>> Consider this toy example, where the dataframe already has only
>> one column :
>>
>> > nv <- c(a=1, d=17, e=101); nv
>> a d e
>> 1 17 101
>>

>> > df <- as.data.frame(cbind(VAR = nv)); df
>> VAR
>> a 1
>> d 17
>> e 101
>>
>> Now how, can I get 'nv' back from 'df' ? I.e., how to get
>>
>> > identical(nv, .......)

>> [1] TRUE
>>
>> where ...... only uses 'df' (and no non-standard R packages)?
>
>
>> identical(nv, df[
,1])
> [1] TRUE
>
>> In my solution, the above '.......' consists of 17 letters.
>
>
> I count 6 in mine

But it is not a solution in a current version of R! though it's still interesting that df[,1] worked in some incantation of R.

What's your sessionInfo()?
Martin

>
> /Christian



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