Re: [R] assigning and saving datasets in a loop, with names changing with "i"

From: Benilton Carvalho <bcarvalh_at_jhsph.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 21:33:31 -0500

you want to use:

save(list=paste("data", i, sep=""), file=paste("data", i, ".Rdata", sep=""))

b

On Dec 18, 2007, at 9:24 PM, Marie Pierre Sylvestre wrote:

> Dear R users,
>
> I am analysing a very large data set and I need to perform several
> data
> manipulations. The dataset is so big that the only way I can play
> with it
> without having memory problems (E.g. "cannot allocate vectors of
> size...")
> is to write a batch script to:
>
> 1. cut the data into pieces
> 2. save the pieces in seperate .RData files
> 3. Remove everything from the environment
> 4. load one of the piece
> 5. perform the manipulations on it
> 6. save it and remove it from the environment
> 7. Redo 4-6 for every piece
> 8. Merge everything together at the end
>
> It works if coded line by line but since I'll have to perform these
> tasks
> on other data sets, I am trying to automate this as much as I can.
>
> I am using a loop in which I used 'assign' and 'get' (pseudo code
> below).
> My problem is when I use 'get', it prints the whole object on the
> screen.
> I am wondering whether there is a more efficient way to do what I
> need to
> do. Any help would be appreciated. Please keep in mind that the whole
> process is quite computer-intensive, so I can't keep everything in the
> environment while R performs calculations.
>
> Say I have 1 big dataframe called data. I use 'split' to divide it
> into a
> list of 12 dataframes (call this list my.list)
>
> my.fun is a function that takes a dataframe, performs several
> manipulations on it and returns a dataframe.
>
>
> for (i in 1:12){
> assign( paste( "data", i, sep=""), my.fun(my.list[i])) # this
> works
> # now I need to save this new object as a RData.
>
> # The following line does not work
> save(paste("data", i, sep = ""), file = paste( paste("data", i,
> sep =
> ""), "RData", sep="."))
> }
>
> # This works but it is a bit convoluted!!!
> temp <- get(paste("data", i, sep = ""))
> save(temp, file = "lala.RData")
> }
>
>
> I am *sure* there is something more clever to do but I can't find
> it. Any
> help would be appreciated.
>
> best regards,
>
> MP
>
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