# [R] Funny result from rep(...) procedure

Erik Iverson eriki at ccbr.umn.edu
Thu Feb 18 19:13:05 CET 2010

```Cannot reproduce, what is branches?  If you can narrow it down to a
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dkStevens wrote:
> I'm observing odd behavior of the rep(...) procedure when using variables as
> parameters in a loop. Here's a simple loop on a vector 'branches' that is
> c(5,6,5,5,5). The statement in question is
> print(c(ni,rep(i,times=ni)))
>
> that works properly first time through the loop but the second time, when
> branches[2] = 6, only prints 5 values of i.
>
> Any ideas, anyone?
>
>   iInd = 1
>   for(i in 1:length(branches)) {
>     print((1:branches[i])+iInd-1)   # iInd is a position shift of the index
>     ni = branches[i]
>     print(i)
>     print(ni)
>     print(c(ni,rep(i,times=ni)))
> # ... some interesting other stuff for my project that gets wrecked because
> of this issue
>     iInd = iInd + branches[i]
> }
>
> # first pass through loop
> [1] 1 2 3 4 5             # branches[1] + iInd - 1 content
> [1] 1                        # i value to repeat 5 times
> [1] 5                        # ni = 5 on 1st pass
> [1] 5 1 1 1 1 1           # five values - 1 1 1 1 1 - OK
>
> # second pass through loop
> [1]  6  7  8  9 10 11   # branches[2] + iInd - 1 content
> [1] 2                       # i value to repeat 6 times
> [1] 6                       # ni = 6 on 2nd pass
> [1] 6 2 2 2 2 2          # 6 'twos' but only shows 5 'twos'
> print(c(ni,rep(i,times=ni))) - why not 6?
>
>

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