[Rd] Bugs with partial name matching during partial replacement (PR#9202)

From: <amaliy1_at_uic.edu>
Date: Tue 05 Sep 2006 - 01:40:02 GMT


Hello,

First the version info:

platform       powerpc-apple-darwin8.6.0
arch           powerpc
os             darwin8.6.0
system         powerpc, darwin8.6.0
status
major          2
minor          3.1
year           2006
month          06
day            01
svn rev        38247
language       R

version.string Version 2.3.1 (2006-06-01)

I have encountered some unusual behavior when trying to create new columns in a data frame that have names that would generate a partial match with an existing column with a longer name. It is my understanding that replacement operations shouldn't have partial matching, but it is not clear to me whether this applies only when the named column exists and not for new assignments.

The first example:

> D = data.frame(M=c(T,T,F,F,F,T,F,T,F,F,T,T,T),V=I(sprintf("ZZ%02d",
1:13)),ABCD=13:1)
> D

        M V ABCD
1 TRUE ZZ01 13
2 TRUE ZZ02 12
3 FALSE ZZ03 11
4 FALSE ZZ04 10
5 FALSE ZZ05 9
6 TRUE ZZ06 8
7 FALSE ZZ07 7
8 TRUE ZZ08 6
9 FALSE ZZ09 5
10 FALSE ZZ10 4
11 TRUE ZZ11 3
12 TRUE ZZ12 2
13 TRUE ZZ13 1
> D$CBA[D$M] = D$V[D$M]
> D

        M V ABCD CBA
1 TRUE ZZ01 13 ZZ01
2 TRUE ZZ02 12 ZZ02

3  FALSE ZZ03   11 <NA>
4  FALSE ZZ04   10 <NA>
5  FALSE ZZ05    9 <NA>

6 TRUE ZZ06 8 ZZ06
7 FALSE ZZ07 7 <NA>
8 TRUE ZZ08 6 ZZ08
9 FALSE ZZ09 5 <NA>
10 FALSE ZZ10 4 <NA>
11 TRUE ZZ11 3 ZZ11
12 TRUE ZZ12 2 ZZ12
13 TRUE ZZ13 1 ZZ13
> D$ABC[D$M] = D$V[D$M]
> D

        M V ABCD CBA ABC
1 TRUE ZZ01 13 ZZ01 ZZ01
2 TRUE ZZ02 12 ZZ02 ZZ02

3  FALSE ZZ03   11 <NA>   11
4  FALSE ZZ04   10 <NA>   10
5  FALSE ZZ05    9 <NA>    9

6 TRUE ZZ06 8 ZZ06 ZZ06
7 FALSE ZZ07 7 <NA> 7
8 TRUE ZZ08 6 ZZ08 ZZ08
9 FALSE ZZ09 5 <NA> 5
10 FALSE ZZ10 4 <NA> 4
11 TRUE ZZ11 3 ZZ11 ZZ11
12 TRUE ZZ12 2 ZZ12 ZZ12
13 TRUE ZZ13 1 ZZ13 ZZ13 I expected ABC to equal CBA with NA values in rows not assigned, but instead it appears that an extraction from D$ABCD and coercion to string is being performed in the process of creating D$ABC.

Here is something I believe is definitely a bug:

> D = data.frame(M=c(T,T,F,F,F,T,F,T,F,F,T,T,T),V=1:13,ABCD=13:1)
> D

        M V ABCD
1 TRUE 1 13
2 TRUE 2 12
3 FALSE 3 11
4 FALSE 4 10
5 FALSE 5 9
6 TRUE 6 8
7 FALSE 7 7
8 TRUE 8 6
9 FALSE 9 5
10 FALSE 10 4
11 TRUE 11 3
12 TRUE 12 2
13 TRUE 13 1
> D$CBA[D$M] = D$V[D$M]
> D

        M V ABCD CBA
1 TRUE 1 13 1
2 TRUE 2 12 2
3 FALSE 3 11 NA
4 FALSE 4 10 NA
5 FALSE 5 9 NA
6 TRUE 6 8 6
7 FALSE 7 7 NA
8 TRUE 8 6 8
9 FALSE 9 5 NA
10 FALSE 10 4 NA
11 TRUE 11 3 11
12 TRUE 12 2 12
13 TRUE 13 1 13
> D$ABC[D$M] = D$V[D$M]
> D

        M V ABCD CBA ABC
1 TRUE 1 1 1 1
2 TRUE 2 2 2 2
3 FALSE 3 11 NA 11
4 FALSE 4 10 NA 10
5 FALSE 5 9 NA 9
6 TRUE 6 6 6 6
7 FALSE 7 7 NA 7
8 TRUE 8 8 8 8
9 FALSE 9 5 NA 5
10 FALSE 10 4 NA 4
11 TRUE 11 11 11 11
12 TRUE 12 12 12 12
13 TRUE 13 13 13 13 ABC is created as before with valued from ABCD in the unassigned rows, but ABCD is being modified as well. The only difference form the previous example is that V is now just a numeric column.

Anil Maliyekkel



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