[R] Subscript out of bounds when using datadist() from Design library

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Thu Jul 26 01:22:06 CEST 2007

Cody Hamilton wrote:
> I am running R version 2.4.1 on Windows XP.  I have a question regarding the datadist() function from the Design library.  I have a data.frame (call it my.data) with 4 columns.  When I submit the code
> datadist(data=my.data)

You can just use
dd <- datadist(my.data); options(datadist='dd')

If that doesn't fix it, generate a test dataset that fails or do 
save(..., compress=TRUE) and send me your dataset so I can debug.


> I get the following error message:
> Error in X[[1]] : subscript out of bounds
> I suspect there may be something wrong with my data.frame (I'm certain there is nothing wrong with datadist()), but I don't know what.  Has anyone experienced the mistake I seem to be making?
> Regards,
> Cody Hamilton
> Edwards Lifesciences
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Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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