[Rd] Bug in subsetting data frame (PR#13515)
Thomas Lumley
tlumley at u.washington.edu
Tue Feb 10 13:42:34 CET 2009
On Tue, 10 Feb 2009 xinlee883 at stat.math.ethz.ch wrote:
>
> I discover annoying bug in subsetting data frame. Here is reproducable
> examples:
These are not bugs.
>> data.frame <- data.frame(x = runif(5), y = runif(5), row.names =
> c('a','b','c','d','e')
>
>> subset <- data.frame['x']
>> subset['a',]
> work
>
>> subset <- data.frame$x
>> subset['a',]
> not work
This can't possibly work, since you have explicitly requested that subset not be a data frame.
There has been recent discussion about whether row names should be added as names to vectors from a data frame, in which case subset['a'] would then work. It doesn't now, and that isn't a bug either.
>> subset <- data.frame['a',]
>> subset[,'x']
> work
>
>> subset <- data.frame[,'x']
>> subset['a',]
> not work
This is also not a bug. The drop= option to [ controls what happens when the subset has dimensions of length 1. If you want subset to be a data frame in this context, use
subset <- data.frame[,'x',drop=FALSE]
and then subset['a',] will do want you want.
-thomas
Thomas Lumley Assoc. Professor, Biostatistics
tlumley at u.washington.edu University of Washington, Seattle
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