[R] vector problems

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Nov 5 16:22:07 CET 2001

```On 5 Nov 2001, Christopher Fonnesbeck wrote:

> I dont get it:
>
> > is.vector(c(mydf[1]))
> [1] TRUE
> > unique(c(mydf[1]))
> Error in unique(c(mydf[1])) : unique() applies only to vectors
> >
>
> Is it a vector or not? This stuff is driving me nuts. I'm simply trying
> to convince R that my grouping vector is actually a vector so that
> unique will work. Its just a vector of numbers, so why shouldnt it work?

Well, how about giving us some reasonable amount of information and an
example we can check over for you?

A reasonable guess is that mydf is a data frame. In that case mydf[1] is a
list, which is a vector, but not an atomic vector and so unique() does not
apply.  I don't know what you think c() does: it is strips attributes of
atomic vectors, but also works for lists, in a different way.

My guess is that you intended mydf[[1]].

> mydf <- data.frame(x=1:10, y=1:10)
> is.vector(c(mydf[1]))
[1] TRUE
> unique(c(mydf[1]))
Error in unique(c(mydf[1])) : unique() applies only to vectors
> unique(mydf[[1]])
[1]  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10

would seem to match the scanty evidence given.

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