[Rd] R-devel: rownames of a data.frame

Gregor Gorjanc gregor.gorjanc at bfro.uni-lj.si
Wed Dec 6 11:08:22 CET 2006

Martin Maechler <maechler <at> r-project.org> writes:
> because  colnames() and rownames() work via dimnames(), and so do
>  "colnames<-" and "rownames<-" ---  
> I think it would be unwise to change this, since it's well documented 
> property of these functions.
> As you noted yourself,  using  names() and "names<-"
> i.e.,
>   names(df1) <- "bla"
> in the example above, is the recommended way for data frames and does not 
> change the rownames to character.

Thank you for this followup! It seems that I should have read the 
documentation more carefully. May I just suggest to add names in see also 
for row.names help page.

Regards, Gregor

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