[R] help: how to change the column name of data.frame

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 19 09:49:13 CEST 2005

Just change the names!  E.g.

names(DF)[c(4,6)] <- names(DF)[c(6,4)]

Strictly a data frame has names, not column names, hence the use the 
names() and names<-() functions here.

On Tue, 19 Jul 2005, wu sz wrote:

> I have a data frame with 15 variables, and want to exchange the data
> of 4th column and 6th column. First I append a column in the data
> frame, copy the 4th column data there, then copy the 6th column data
> to 4th column, and copy the appended column data to 6th column, but
> the names of the 4th and 6th column are still unchanged. How can I
> exchange them?

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