Re: [R] Setting matrix dimnames in a list

From: Marc Schwartz <>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2008 13:14:22 -0500

on 05/08/2008 12:33 PM statmobile wrote:
> Hey All,
> I was wondering if I could solicit a little input on what I'm trying
> to do here. I have a list of matrices, and I want to set their
> dimnames, but all I can come up with is this:
> x <- matrix(1:4,2) y <- matrix(5:8,2)
> z <- list(x,y) nm <- c("a","b") nms <- list(nm,nm)
> z <- lapply(z,function(x)dimnames(x)<-nms)
> As you can see, this doesn't quite work. Could anybody help me, and
> bonus points if you can help me do this efficiently. Please cc my
> email address, because I only get summaries of the list.
> Thanks in advance!

The problem is that dimnames() does not return the matrix, so you need to explicitly return 'x':

 > lapply(z, function(x) {dimnames(x) <- nms; x}) [[1]]

   a b
a 1 3
b 2 4


   a b
a 5 7
b 6 8

HTH, Marc Schwartz mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Thu 08 May 2008 - 18:17:07 GMT

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