Re: [R] R for loop question

From: Juan Manuel Barreneche <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 16:37:05 -0300

I had to do the same thing many times, i usually use a combination of the functions "eval", "parse" and "sprinf", as below:

k <- 1
for (i in 1:length(stats$hour)) {

   eval(parse(text=sprintf("x%s <- dataset[%s,(3:15)]", i, k)))    k <- k+1

what it does is:
eval(parse(text=STRING)) is a way to execute what is written on STRING and
sprintf("TEXT%sTEXT", VARIABLE) substitutes the %s part of the text in the first argument for whatever is on the second argument (you can extend this to many %s parts)

Note: i've changed the "=" for the "<-" because someone told me that it was more correct (don't ask me why though!).


El Martes, 20 de Mayo de 2008 13:58, Douglas M. Hultstrand escribió:
> Hello,
> I am trying to assign a variable name (x1,x2,x3...) in a loop statement
> that is based on a counter (counter is based on the number of hours
> within the datafile). The x1,x2 data will later be called for plotting
> the data. Below is a clip of the for loop I am using, any suggestions?
> k = 1
> for (i in 1:length(stats$hour)) {
> "x(i)" = dataset[k,(3:15)]
> k = k+1
> }
> Thanks,
> Doug mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Tue 20 May 2008 - 19:49:48 GMT

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