[R] How to convert a string to the column it represents in a dataframe, with a reproducible example

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Jan 17 23:06:46 CET 2013

On Jan 17, 2013, at 1:36 PM, mtb954 at gmail.com wrote:

> Hello R-helpers,
> I have run the following lines of code:
> x<-"cars$dist"
> y<-noquote(x)
> Now y is a string containing the characters "cars$dist"
> My question....is there an R function (or combination of functions) that I
> can apply to y that will cause y to contain the numbers in cars$dist? Even
> better, can I do it without using noquote()?

What is the goal of this effort?


David Winsemius
Alameda, CA, USA

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