[R] Converting a character string into a data frame name and performing assignments to that data frame

Dieter Menne dieter.menne at menne-biomed.de
Sun Mar 21 10:23:46 CET 2010

Kavitha Venkatesan-2 wrote:
> variable.df is a character string that contains the name of the data
> frame that I want to do the following operations on:
> variable.df <- data.frame();
> # I can do the above command using
> assign( variable.df, data.frame() )
> How can I perform the assignment statements below ?
> colnames(variable.df) = colnames(some.other.df)

Try to avoid assign and eval when you are not fiRm; the first is rarely
used, and the second is a bit to powerful for safeR.

names(iris) = c("A","B","C","D","Spec")


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