[R] sub() of matrix returns a vector and not a matrix
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 7 16:45:33 CEST 2002
On Tue, 7 May 2002, Martin Maechler wrote:
> >>>>> "Wolfram" == "Wolfram Fischer <- Z/I/M" <wolfram at fischer-zim.ch>> writes:
> Wolfram> Is there a simple possibility to become directly a
> Wolfram> matrix from a call of sub() on a matrix?
> This can be considered as a feature proposal which I would
> sub() and gsub() could be enhanced such as to keep attributes(.)
> of their x argument.
> The `dim' attribute which makes a vector into a matrix is just
> one kind of attributes.
Care is needed, as always with attributes (which also include "class", for
example). As here there is no coercion going on (e.g. data.frame to
matrix or v.v.) preserving dim and dimnames attributes is probably safe,
but class may not be.
> >> a <- matrix( letters[1:6], 2, 3 )
> >> b <- sub( '(.)', '-\\1-', a )
> Wolfram> # I had expected b to be a matrix # but b is a vector
> >> print( b )
> Wolfram>  "-a-" "-b-" "-c-" "-d-" "-e-" "-f-"
> >> dim(b) <- dim(a)
> >> print( b )
> Wolfram> # b is now a matrix again
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