[R] Combine lists into a data frame or append them to a text file

Jim Lemon drjimlemon @ending from gm@il@com
Sun Dec 16 07:03:27 CET 2018

Hi Ek,
I thought there would be a simple fix for this, but had to write a
little function:

fillList<-function(x) {

that fills up the rows of each list with NAs. I got the expected result with:



for (i in 1:length(MyTables)) {
 file = "Temp.txt",append = TRUE,quote = TRUE)

may do the job.


On Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 2:28 PM Ek Esawi <esawiek using gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have an R object that is made up of N number of lists which are all
> of different number of columns and rows.  I want to combine the N
> lists into a single data frame or write (append) them into text file.
> I hope the question is clear and doesn’t require an example. I am
> hoping to accomplish this using base R functions.
> Below is what I tried but both gave me the same error which I do
> understand, I think, but I don’t know how to fix it. My R object is
> MyTables
> lapply(MyTables, function(x) write.table(x, file = "Temp.txt",append = TRUE ))
> OR
> for (i in 1:length(MyTables)) {
> write.table(MyTables[i], file = "Temp.txt",append = TRUE,quote = TRUE)
> the error
> Error in (function (..., row.names = NULL, check.rows = FALSE,
> check.names = TRUE,  :
>   arguments imply differing number of rows: 51, 8, 30
> Thanks--EK
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