[R] Names

Thomas Lumley thomas at biostat.washington.edu
Wed Dec 20 01:31:07 CET 2000

On Wed, 20 Dec 2000, David Scott wrote:

> I am trying to create a set of vectors which have similar names. They have
> a common part and an extra unique part. I am sure I have seen questions on
> this before but I have been unable to find it in the archive. There are
> examples of sets of names for columns of a data frame, but not for
> individual vectors.
> Suppose I want vectors named myvar.1 myvar.2 etc.
> I tried:
> > as.name(paste("myvar","1",sep="."))<-1:10
> Error: Target of assignment expands to non-language object

The problem is that there isn't an "as.name<-" function so you can't use
as.name on the left-hand side of an assignment. 

You probably mean 
but your life might well be easier if you just had a list called myvar and
had vectors myvar[[1]], myvar[[2]], and so on.


Thomas Lumley			Asst. Professor, Biostatistics
tlumley at u.washington.edu	University of Washington, Seattle

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