[R] merging data.frames columnwise (rbind with different variables, lengths)

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Thu Dec 11 13:54:00 CET 2008

Dear Stefan,

Why not use merge() if you want to merge two datasets? ;-)

df1 <- data.frame(A = c(1,2), B = c("m","f"), C = c("at home", "away"))
df2 <- data.frame(A = c(2), C = c("at home"))
merge(df1, df2, all = TRUE) 



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Namens Stefan Uhmann
Verzonden: donderdag 11 december 2008 13:46
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Onderwerp: [R] merging data.frames columnwise (rbind with different

Dear List,

I have two dataframes with overlapping colnames and want to merge them. 
  Actually, what I want is more similar to rbind, but the dataframes 
differ in their columns. Here are the examples:

df1 <- data.frame(A = c(1,2), B = c("m","f"), C = c("at home", "away"))
df2 <- data.frame(A = c(2), C = c("at home"))

Here the desired result:

   A B        C
1 1 m  at home
2 2 f     away
3 2 NA at home

Thanks for any help,

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