Re: [R] Using a string as a variable name

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri 20 Oct 2006 - 23:32:40 GMT

On 10/20/2006 7:28 PM, Jason Horn wrote:
> Is it possible to use a string as a variable name? For example:
> foo<="var1"
> frame$foo # frame is a data frame with with a column titled "var1"
> This does not work, unfortunately. Am I just missing the correct
> syntax to make this work?

Yes, you want

foo <- "var1"
frame[ ,foo]

(i.e. return the foo column from frame, indexing frame as though it was a matrix).

Duncan Murdoch mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Sat Oct 21 10:19:07 2006

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