Re: [R] Converting characters to numbers in data frames

From: Peter Wolf <>
Date: Thu 25 Aug 2005 - 22:10:34 EST


NAMES=c("NRes.1.2.", "NRes.1.3.", "NRes.1.4.", "NRes.1.5.", "NRes.1.6.") pattern<-"NRes\.([0-9]*)\.([0-9]*)\."

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Peter Wolf

Anon. wrote:
>I'm sure I'm missing something obvious here, but I can't find the
>solution (including in the FAQ etc.).
>I have a vector of names of variables like this: NRes.x.y. where x and y
>are numbers. I want to extract these numbers as numbers to use
>elsewhere. I can extract the numbers as a list of characters using
>strsplit(), and convert that to a data frame, e.g.:
>NAMES=c("NRes.1.2.", "NRes.1.3.", "NRes.1.4.", "NRes.1.5.", "NRes.1.6.")
>NUMBERS=strsplit(gsub("NRes.","", NAMES, perl =T), '.', fixed = TRUE)
>But I now want to convert the characters to be numeric. Using
>as.numeric(NUMBERS.df) converts them, but to a vector. How can I
>convert and keep as a data frame? I could use this:
>matrix(as.numeric(NUMBERS.df), ncol=dim(NUMBERS.df)[2])
>but I seem to be jumping through far too many hoops: there must be an
>easier way. An suggestions?
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Thu Aug 25 22:18:06 2005

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