[R] Is there an variant of apply() that does not return anything?

Peng Yu pengyu.ut at gmail.com
Thu Nov 19 23:31:35 CET 2009


On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 4:27 PM, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com> wrote:
> On Nov 20, 2009, at 10:21 AM, Peng Yu wrote:
>
>> There are a few version of apply() (e.g., lapply(), sapply()). I'm
>> wondering if there is one that does not return anything but just
>> silently apply a function to the list argument.
>>
>> For example, the plot function is applied to each element in 'alist'.
>> It is redundant to return anything from apply.
>>
>> apply(alist,function(x){ plot each element of alist})
>
>
>
> Just use a for() loop. If you are plotting things, the performance
> bottleneck is not going to be in the loop.
>
> Sometimes, we get too anal about avoiding for() loops.

Is there a way to get the name of the list in the loop body?

> List=list(a='c',b='x',e='q')
> for(x in List) { print(x) }
[1] "c"
[1] "x"
[1] "q"



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