[Rd] Subsetting time series

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 10 06:47:28 CEST 2004

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004, Ross Ihaka wrote:

> Rob Hyndman wrote:
> > When part of a time series is extracted, the time series component is 
> > lost. e.g.,
> > x <- ts(1:10)
> > x[1:4]
> > 
> > It would be nice if there was a subsetting function [.ts to avoid this 
> > problem. However, it is beyond my R-coding ability to produce such a 
> > thing.  Is someone willing to do it?

There is a [.ts, in src/library/stats/R/ts.R, and it is documented 

> Have you had a look at "window"?  The problem with "["
> its that it can produce non-contiguous sets of values.

Yes.  If you look in the sources for [.ts you will see, commented, the
code that was once there to handle cases where the index was evenly
spaced.  But it was removed long ago in favour of window().  I tried to
consult the logs, but it seems that in the shift from CVS to SVN recently
I can't get at them.  I think the rationale was that x[ind] should always
produce an object of the same class.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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