[R] Subset with selection variable from function argument. Is there another way?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed May 11 12:22:15 CEST 2005

On Wed, 11 May 2005, Fredrik Karlsson wrote:

> Dear list,
> I'm making my current code more generic and would like some advise.
> The basic problem is subset and the name of the column to be compared
> for selection.
> What I've come up with is
>> data(mammals)
>> set <- bottompremolars"
>> subset(mammals, eval(parse(file="",text=set)) > 2)
> This seems a bit odd.  Is there a nicer way?


set <- "bottompremolars"

assuming it is a data frame and you just want the one column.

subset() is just a convenience wrapper for the basic indexing operations, 
which are well worth learning.

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