# [R] R annoyances

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu May 19 17:07:52 CEST 2005

```Chalasani, Prasad wrote:

> Thanks all for pointing out that I can use
> 	mtx[,1,drop=F]

Which, for example, won't work for
F <- 10.25

---> drop=FALSE  !
^^^^^

Uwe Ligges

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Uwe Ligges [mailto:ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de]
> Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 10:49 AM
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [R] R annoyances
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>>Dear R Folks,
>>I'm a big fan of R, but there are a couple of things
>>that repeatedly annoy me, and I wondered if anyone
>>has neat ways to deal with them.
>>
>>(a) When using "apply" row-wise to a matrix, it returns
>>    the results column-wise, and to preserve the original
>>    orientation, I've to do a transpose. E.g. I've to keep
>>    doing a transpose, which I consider to be quite annoying.
>>
>>    transformed.mtx <- t(apply( mtx, 1, exp))
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>
> I'd rather type
>
>    exp(mtx)
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>>(b) When extracting 2 or more columns of a matrix,
>>    R returns the result as a matrix, BUT when extracting
>>    just one column, it returns a vector/array, rather than
>>    a matrix, so I've to keep doing as.matrix, which is annoying.
>>
>>	sub.mtx <- as.matrix(mtx[,1])
>>
>>	Of course I could write a suitable function
>>		cols <- function(mtx,range) as.matrix(mtx[, range])
>>	but then I lose the syntactic sugar of being able to say "[,1]".
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> The docs suggest:
>
>    mtx[ , 1, drop = FALSE]
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>
> Uwe Ligges
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