[R] Printing standard notation and scientific notation in the same column of a dataframe

David Winsemius dw|n@em|u@ @end|ng |rom comc@@t@net
Thu Sep 27 20:53:22 CEST 2018

> On Sep 27, 2018, at 9:35 AM, David Disabato <ddisab01 using gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi R-help,
> I was wondering if it was possible for a column of a dataframe to print
> some numbers in standard notation and some in scientific notation. Say my
> column of data (i.e., dat$x) has numbers between 0 and 1 with a few numbers
> very close to 0. When using the "scipen" argument in "options," R seems to
> print all numbers of a column in scientific notation if one number in the
> column is a decimal with a starting digit smaller than the "scipen"
> argument. It is annoying that is changes ALL numbers in that column to
> scientific notation though. For example, I do want .00000000000000000001 in
> scientific notation, but I want .52 in standard form. Ideally, an example
> dataframe column would print as something like this:
> print(dat$x)
> .52
> .17
> .03
> 1.0e-20
> However, I cannot figure out how to do this. Any solutions people are aware
> of?

Perhaps cat?

> cat(x)
0.52 0.17 0.03 1e-20

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David Winsemius
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