Re: [R] title line

From: Michael Kubovy <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 09:15:04 -0400

On May 21, 2007, at 8:21 AM, elyakhlifi mustapha wrote:

> I know how to do to write down the columns in a data frame but I
> also wanna write down the lines .
> Do you know how could I do this?

I'm not sure what you mean by "write down the lines". If you mean that you want to know what the row names are, then an answer is:

df <- data.frame(x1 = rnorm(3), x2 = rnorm(3)) names(df) # just to show that I gave the columns names while defining df rownames(df)

If you mean that you want to assign names to the rows, then

df <- data.frame(rnorm(3), rnorm(3))
names(df) <- c('y1', 'y2') # not required rownames(df) <- c('a', 'b', 'c')

In one commandt:

df <- data.frame(x1 = rnorm(3), x2 = rnorm(3), row.names = c('a', 'b', 'c'))

More detailed:

df <- data.frame(x1 = rnorm(3), x2 = rnorm(3), row.names = c('a', 'b', 'c'), check.rows = TRUE, check.names = TRUE)

More importantly you could have found all this out by typing ?data.frame

I have seen several posts from you that seem to be rather elementary questions, sometimes not using the correct terminology ('write down' and 'lines of a data frame' are not standard). Have you taken the time to go through any of the many introductions to R available on line?

Also, you're not asking your questions well (this comment is not about knowing English well):
You would have been better off asking:
"I have a data frame
df <- data.frame(x1 = rnorm(3), x2 = rnorm(3)) How do I ....? "

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