[R] Confused about using data.table package,
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Mon Feb 20 17:12:23 CET 2017
On Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 3:01 PM, David Winsemius <dwinsemius at comcast.net> wrote:
>> On Feb 19, 2017, at 11:37 AM, C W <tmrsg11 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi R,
>> I am a little confused by the data.table package.
>> df <- data.frame(w=rnorm(20, -10, 1), x= rnorm(20, 0, 1), y=rnorm(20, 10, 1),
>> z=rnorm(20, 20, 1))
>> df <- data.table(df)
> df <- setDT(df) is preferred.
Don't you mean just
setDT() modifies by reference.
>> df_3 <- df[, a := x-y] # created new column a using x minus y, why are we
>> using colon equals?
> You need to do more study of the extensive documentation. The behavior of the ":=" function is discussed in detail there.
You can get to that documentation with ?":="
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