[R] Assign Character Value to Data Frame

Sparks, John James jspark4 at uic.edu
Tue Apr 12 20:20:30 CEST 2011

Dear R Helpers,

I am trying to write a character value to the row of a data frame and am
running into a problem that I don't have when I do this for numeric
arguments.  For example, the following works just fine:

> test<-data.frame(number=numeric(1))
> test[1,]<-.5
> test
1    0.5

But the following bombs out:

> hold<-data.frame(symbol=character(1))
> hold[1,]<-"NYSE:MMM"
Warning message:
In `[<-.factor`(`*tmp*`, iseq, value = "NYSE:MMM") :
  invalid factor level, NAs generated

Could someone please guide me as to what adjustment I need to make to
assign this character value to this row of the data frame?  Your help
would be very much appreciated.

--John Sparks

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