[Rd] cbind error with check.names

Fg Nu fgnu32 at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 23 18:54:13 CEST 2013

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From: Ista Zahn <istazahn at gmail.com>
To: Fg Nu <fgnu32 at yahoo.com>
Cc: "r-devel at r-project.org" <r-devel at r-project.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 9:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Rd] cbind error with check.names

On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Fg Nu <fgnu32 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Here is an example where cbind fails with an error when check.names=TRUE is set.
> data(airquality)
> airQualityBind =cbind(airquality,airquality,check.names =TRUE)
>  I understand that cbind is a call to data.frame and the following works:
> airQualityBind =data.frame(airquality,airquality,check.names =TRUE)
> but I would like to understand why cbind throws an error.
> I asked this question on SO here:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/17810470/cbind-error-with-check-names
> and user Hong Ooi confirmed my suspicion that cbind was passing check.names = FALSE regardless of my setting that option, even though the help file indicates that this should be possible,
> "For the "data.frame" method of cbind these can be further arguments to data.frame such as stringsAsFactors."
> Is there some design principle that I am missing here?

Well, the function does work as documented. See the help file section
on "Data frame methods", which says "The 'cbind' data frame method is
just a wrapper for 'data.frame(..., check.names = FALSE)'".


Is there then a reason that overriding the check.names default is forbidden from cbind? I can't tell why this would be the case.


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