[R] passing a vector of variable names to the ... pairlist function argument

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Thu Apr 21 17:00:16 CEST 2011

On 21.04.2011 16:03, Jessica Myers wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a character vector that contains the names of several objects
> that I would like to pass to a function (specifically, the ridge
> function in the survival package, but cbind is a similar example). I've
> been struggling with how to do this so that the object values get
> interpreted by the function, rather than the object names.
> For example,
> x1 <- 1:4
> x2 <- 2:5
> x3 <- 3:6
> xs <- c("x1", "x2", "x3")
> If I wanted to cbind(x1, x2, x3) without typing this out, how would I do
> it?

For the cbind case, I'd omit cbind and ask R to:

   sapply(xs, get)


   apply(matrix(xs), 1, get)

or with cbind():

   do.call("cbind", lapply(xs, get))

the latter can be generalized for other function calls, of course.

Uwe Ligges

> Thanks very much!
> Jessica Myers
> Instructor in Medicine
> Division of Pharmacoepidemiology
> Brigham and Women's Hospital
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