Dimnamenames (PR#257)

p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 16:56:25 +0100 (MET)

I've just started digging into Andreas's old report:

> a <- array(0,c(2,2,2));
> dimnames(a)<-list(hansi=1:2, pepi=c("a","b"), karli=3:4)
>  dimnames(a[,,1]) # losing component names
[1] "1" "2"

[1] "a" "b"

Now, this would be fairly easily fixed (I think) which would also make
it compatible with S3. But what should one do about a[,1,1]?  This
would generally be a vector with a .Names attribute, onto which there
is no way of attaching a name. The obvious idea would be to force it
to be a 1d array instead, i.e.

structure(c(0,0), .Dim = 2, .Dimnames = structure(list(hansi=c("1","2")))) 

rather than

structure(c(0,0), .Names = c("1","2"))

Does this sound safe? Generally, such 1-d arrays behave like vectors,
and noone has reported trouble with the fact that the result of table
can be a 1d array. From some viewpoints it seems odd to have different
behaviour depending on whether something is named or not, but it
*would* be nice to have the label retained on rows extracted from a

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