[R] Inflated Array

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Tue Jul 18 18:07:39 CEST 2006

Hadassa Brunschwig <dassybr <at> gmail.com> writes:

> Hi R-users!
> I am trying to create a what I call inflated array (maybe there is
> already some other name for that). It is an array that changes
> dinamically its dimensions, e.g. the higher the number of third
> dimensions, the more rows in the array. 

  base R doesn't have a data structure for this: arrays in R
must not be "ragged" (i.e., every sub-array must have the
same dimensions).

  So you would need to use a list of matrices in your
example.  I don't quite know the logic that you're using
to decide what goes in each sub-table.

The basic example you give could be built 
by hand as follows:


  if you had used scan() or something else to
get a long, flat vector (x) and also had
a vector (v) that indicated the number of
rows in each sub-table:

x <- 1:24
nrow <- c(1,2,3)
ncol <- 4

ind <- rep(1:length(nrow),ncol*nrow)

  seems to work.

   Ben Bolker

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