[R] Question on memory allocation & loop

From: Manoj <manojsw_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu 29 Jun 2006 - 12:42:54 EST

Hello All,

      I am trying to work on writing the following piece of (pseudo) code in an optimal fashion:

# Two data frames with some data

a = data.frame(somedata)
b = data.frame(somedata)

for(i in 1:nrow(dt) {
  # Merge dates for a given date into a new data frame    c = merge(a[a$dt==dt[i],),b[b$dt == dt[i],], by=c(some column)); }

Now, my understanding is that the data frame c in the above code is malloc'ed in every count of the loop. Is that assumption correct?

Is the following attempt a better way of doing things?

a = data.frame(somedata)
b = data.frame(somedata)

# Pre-allocate data frame c

c = data.frame(for some size);

for(i in 1:nrow(dt) {
  # Merge dates for a given date into a new data frame    # and copy the result into c

  copy(c, merge(a[a$dt==dt[i],),b[b$dt == dt[i],], by=c(some column));


Now the question is, How can I copy the merged data into my pre-allocated data frame c ? I tried rbind/cbind but they are pretty fuzzy about having the right names and dimension hence it fails.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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