[R] character substitution within a variable name

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 20:58:03 CET 2011

On 23/11/2011 2:29 PM, matric wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to create a function that accepts as arguments a string that is to
> be substituted within a variable name. For instance, suppose I have a data
> frame df:
> df<-data.frame(x_narrow=c(rnorm(100,0,1)),x_wide=c(rnorm(100,0,10)))
> What I have in mind is something like:
> f<- function(string){
> var = paste("x_",string,sep = "")
> df$var
> }
> which does not work. Any suggestion for modifications? Thanks in advance,

For indexing a dataframe, use the name as the column index:

df[, var]

will work.

Duncan Murdoch

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