[R] merge with origin information in new variable names

Eric Fail eric.fail at gmx.com
Sun Apr 24 23:21:19 CEST 2011

Dear R-list,

Here is my simple question,

I have n data frames that I would like to merge, but I can't figure
out how to add information about the origin of the variable(s).

Here is my problem,

DF.wave.1 <- data.frame(id=1:10,var.A=sample(letters[1:4],10,TRUE))
DF.wave.2 <- data.frame(id=1:10,var.M=sample(letters[5:8],10,TRUE))
DF.wave.3 <- data.frame(id=1:10,var.A=sample(letters[5:8],10,TRUE))

Now; I would like to merge the three dataframes into one, but append a
suffix to the individual variables names about thir origin.

DF.wave.all <- merge(DF.wave.1,DF.wave.2,DF.wave.3,by="id", [what to do here])

In other words, I would like it to loook like this.

   id var.A.wave.1 var.M.wave.2 var.A.wave.3
1   1            c            h            j
2   2            c            e            j
3   3            c            g            k
4   4            c            e            j
5   5            c            g            i
6   6            d            e            k
7   7            c            h            k
8   8            b            g            j
9   9            b            f            i
10 10            d            h            i

Is there a command I can use directly in merge? 'suffixes' isn't
really handy here.


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