[R] using index of a loop as a macro variable

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Mon Jul 4 22:47:40 CEST 2005

On Mon, 4 Jul 2005, E. Michael Foster wrote:
> I'm a long-time STATA user and a R newbie. I'm doing ok, but I'm addicted
> to STATA macro variables.  Is there something like a macro variable in R?
> Specifically, I'd like to be able to do something like
> for (i in 1:3) {
> 	.....
> 	x`i' <- ...
> }
> where R would resolve x`i' to the objects named x1, x2 and x3 as I move
> through the loop.  I guess I could create these in advance of the loop and
> fill them in, but I'd rather not.
> Is there a way to use an index of a loop in this manner?

No. Well, actually, yes, but you don't want to. Stata macros rarely 
translate word-for-word into R.  There is a FAQ describing how to do this 
sort of thing, but the most important paragraph is the last one, where it 
says not to do this.

What you want is a list.

for(i in 1:3){

Now, x needs to exist before the loop. You can use
to create it, or if you know how long it will be you can use


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