Re: [R] How to choose columns in data.frame by parts of columns' names?

From: Peter Alspach <>
Date: Wed 31 May 2006 - 11:45:37 EST


> I have a data.frame which has names as following.
> [1] "XG1" "YG1" "XEST" "YEST"
> [3] "XBUS10" "XBUS10A" "XBUS10B" "XBUS10C"
> [4] "YBUS10" "YBUS10A" "YBUS10B" "YBUS10C"
> Those columns have names beginning with "X" or "Y". Each "X"
> is paired by a "Y", e.g. "XG1" and "YG1", but they are not in
> the order of "X Y X Y ...". I want to combine "X*" and "Y*" like this:
>[,"G1"] <- (data.old[,"XG1"] + endata.use[,"YG1"])/2
> How to choose columns by parts of names? For example, I can pick out
> XG1 and YG1 because they have the common part "G1".

Not entirely sure what you mean but one approach might be to re-order the columns so that they are in order.


 [1] "XG1"      "YG1"      "XEST"     "YEST"     "XNOEMP1"  "XNOEMP2"
 [7] "YNOEMP1"  "YNOEMP2"  "XBUS10"   "XBUS10A"  "XBUS10B"  "XBUS10C"
[13] "YBUS10"   "YBUS10A"  "YBUS10B"  "YBUS10C"  "XOWNBUS"  "XSELFEST"

yourNames[order(substring(yourNames,2), substring(yourNames, 1,1))]
 [1] "XBUS10"   "YBUS10"   "XBUS10A"  "YBUS10A"  "XBUS10B"  "YBUS10B"
 [7] "XBUS10C"  "YBUS10C"  "XEST"     "YEST"     "XG1"      "YG1"    

gives an idea of what I mean .......

Peter Alspach

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