Re: [R] Basic Question on Keys/Values

From: Dumblauskas, Jerry <jerry.dumblauskas_at_credit-suisse.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 13:11:20 -0500

I've received a couple of responses telling me to use list (I was trying to use 2 equal length vectors but having an issue pulling out the index subscript).

I can use lists now, and stop thrashing.... :)

Thx again for the assistance!

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From: dmbates_at_gmail.com [mailto:dmbates_at_gmail.com] On Behalf Of Douglas Bates
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 1:08 PM
To: Dumblauskas, Jerry
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Subject: Re: [R] Basic Question on Keys/Values

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM, Dumblauskas, Jerry <jerry.dumblauskas_at_credit-suisse.com> wrote:
> As a java programmer, I'm having issue conceptualizing the following
> use
> case:

> Given an value, passed into a function, how do I pull out the lookup?

> Ie.
> A list of keys (key1, key2, key3)
> A list of values (val1,val2,val3)

> I want to write a function (or is there something built in?) such that

> Callit <- (thekey) {
> (magic happens here)
> Return value
> }

If the keys are text strings then you can use a named list as the container.

> foo <- list(a = 1:10, b = LETTERS[1:3], ttt = Formaldehyde) foo$b
[1] "A" "B" "C"
> bar <- "a"
> foo$bar

NULL
> foo[[bar]]

 [1] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Note that the $ operator is an extractor for an explicit name. If you want the value corresponding to a key which is itself stored as an object in R you must use the '[[' notation.

Lists are suitable for a small to moderate number of key/value pairs. For large numbers of key/value pairs you may want to consider environments instead.

> Any ideas?
>
> Thanks a bunch!
>
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