# [R] How to specify a variable name in the regression formula without hard coding it SOLVED

Bos, Roger roger.bos at rothschild.com
Thu Sep 8 15:29:10 CEST 2011

```The answer to my question was :

fmla <- as.formula(names(mat)[y] %+% " ~ .")
mod <- try(rlm(fmla, data=mat[zidx, c(y, x)]), silent=TRUE)

Thanks for your help and the quick response.

Roger

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From: Jean-Christophe BOUËTTÉ [mailto:jcbouette at gmail.com]
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Subject: Re: [R] How to specify a variable name in the regression formula without hard coding it

have a look at ?formula and the examples

2011/9/8 Bos, Roger <roger.bos at rothschild.com>:
> I have a matrix called mat and y is the column number of my response
> and x is a vector of the column numbers of my terms.  The variable
> name of y can change, so I don't want to hardcode it.  I can find out
> the name as
> follows:
>
>>            names(mat)[y]
>  "er12.l"
>
> Then I can run the regression by hard coding the variable name as
> follows:
>
>>             mod <- try(rlm(er12.l ~ ., data=mat[zidx, c(y, x)]),
> silent=TRUE)
>
> But how would I do so without hard coding the name er12.l?
>
> I set up a reproducible example.  In the following my regression
> formula is aa ~ bb + cc, or more simply aa ~ .
> How can I use the name of the first column without hard coding aa?
>
> dat <- data.frame(aa=runif(50), bb=runif(50), cc=runif(50))
> names(dat) lm(aa ~ ., data=dat[1:10,])
>
> Thanks,
>
> Roger
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>
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