[R] how to NULL multiple variables of a df efficiently?
christos.hatzis at nuverabio.com
Tue Feb 24 21:24:13 CET 2009
Setting to NULL works only if a single column is selected.
df[, !(colnames(df) %in% c("var.b", "var.c")), drop=FALSE]
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> Dear R-helpers:
> I am an R novice and would appreciate answer to the following
> Want to delete many variables in a dataframe.
> Am able to delete one variable by assigning it as NULL Have a
> large number of variables and would like to delete them
> without using a for loop.
> Is there a command/function which does this job?
> Many thanks in advance.
> #Small Example:
> df<-data.frame(var.a=rnorm(10), var.b=rnorm(10),var.c=rnorm(10))
> df[,'var.a']<-NULL #this works for one single variable
> df[,c('var.a','var.b')]<-NULL #does not work for multiple variables
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