Re: [R] rename cols

From: hadley wickham <>
Date: Tue 12 Sep 2006 - 12:31:43 GMT

> For a newcomer who wants to rename variable "fksm" and "klmk" in a dataframe of
> with 439 variables there is not easy and intuitive solution. That person has to
> spend a lot of time listing columns and counting columns or doing string
> searches or using brackets within brackets within brackets to get a simple thing
> done. Is there a simple function or solution to this in R without using an
> add-on package?

I use:

rename <- function(x, replace) {

	replacement <-  replace[names(x)]
	names(x)[!] <- replacement[!]


(which is available in the reshape package)

You use it like:

df <- data.frame(a=1:2, b=3:4)
df <- rename(df, c(a="variable 1"))

Hadley mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Tue Sep 12 22:35:41 2006

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