[R] variable (column) in a data frame

Paulo Barata paulo.barata at ensp.fiocruz.br
Sun Jul 15 16:30:37 CEST 2012

To the R help list,

When using a data frame, there is no warning or error message 
when I refer to a non-existent variable inside the data frame.



a <- c(1,2,3)
b <- c(11,22,33)
df <- data.frame(a,b)

## correct: there is a column in df named 'a'
## the sum is correctly performed

## incorrect: there is no column in df named 'aaa', 
## but the sum is performed anyway without either warning or error


Is there some way to make R issue either a warning or an error
message in such a situation?

I am using R version 2.15.1 64-bit on Windows 7 Professional.

Thank you very much.

Paulo Barata

Paulo Barata

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