[R] Vector extracted from a matrix. How can I specify dimensions in as.matrix?

Neuro LeSuperHéros neuro3000 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 27 15:23:21 CEST 2006

Transpose vector extracted from a matrix


I am doing a recursive analysis that uses every line (vector) of a matrix in 
a loop. In the model, I need to transpose those vectors that are extracted 
from a matrix.

Using simple vectors (no matrix involved) the transpose function works fine:

simplevector <-matrix(1:3,3,1)
tsimplevector <-t(simplevector) #transposed
dim(simplevector) #3x1 matrix (vector)

PROBLEM: However, when the vector is extracted from a matrix, its dimension 
is NULL.  In this case the transposed dimension is correct, but you'll see 
the next example, that if a row was extracted, the dimension would be wrong:

initialmatrix <- matrix(1:9,3,3)
extractedvector <-initialmatrix[,1] # extract first columm as vector
textractedvector <-t(extractedvector)#transposed
dim(extractedvector) #NULL!!!! <- not working
dim(textractedvector)#1x3 as expected

I have tried to transform the extracted vector as.vector and as.matrix. 
as.vector does not give the what I want (still NULL) and as.matrix can't 
specify the number of row and columns so both vectors are vertical.

In this example, I extract a column and a row. Notice that both 
as.matrix(vector) have the same dimension. Notice that both transposed 
vectors have 1x3 dimensions.

initialmatrix <- matrix(1:9,3,3)
extractedvector3x1 <-initialmatrix[,1]  # extract first columm as vector
extractedvector1x3 <-initialmatrix[1,]  # extract first row as vector

#Both are NULL
dim(extractedvector3x1) #NULL!!!!
dim(extractedvector1x3) #NULL!!!!

#transposed dimensions both 1x3
dim(t(extractedvector3x1)) #1x3
dim(t(extractedvector1x3)) #1x3 <- not 3x1

#as.vector: still NULL
dim(as.vector(extractedvector3x1)) #NULL!!!!
dim(as.vector(extractedvector1x3)) #NULL!!!!

#as.matrix: Both dim at 3x1
dim(as.matrix(extractedvector3x1)) #3x1
dim(as.matrix(extractedvector1x3)) #3x1 <- Problem: not 1x3

#as.matrix transposed: Both dim at 1x3
dim(as.matrix(t(extractedvector3x1))) #1x3
dim(as.matrix(t(extractedvector1x3))) #1x3 <- Problem: not 3x1

How can I get correct dimensions? Is there a way to specify dimensions in 


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