David Lee - 6 months ago 27

R Question

I want to split a matrix into two parts. I used following code

`x <- matrix(rnorm(15),5,3)`

idx <- rbinom(5,1,0.5)

split(x,idx)

However, I got two vector instead two matrix. I know if I convert

`x`

`x <- as.data.frame(matrix(rnorm(15),5,3))`

idx <- rbinom(5,1,0.5)

split(x,idx)

I wonder is there any way without convert matrix into data frame and result still in the matrix format? And why this happened?

Answer

`split.data.frame(x,idx)`

maybe? That will force the `split`

operation to treat your `matrix`

like a `data.frame`

, instead of as a `vector`

with dimensions (which essentially describes a `matrix`

).

Example showing it gives essentially the same result, but with a `matrix`

instead of `data.frame`

returned:

```
set.seed(1)
x <- matrix(rnorm(15),5,3)
idx <- rbinom(5,1,0.5)
split.data.frame(x,idx)
#$`0`
# [,1] [,2] [,3]
#[1,] -0.6264538 -0.8204684 1.5117812
#[2,] -0.8356286 0.7383247 -0.6212406
#[3,] 1.5952808 0.5757814 -2.2146999
#
#$`1`
# [,1] [,2] [,3]
#[1,] 0.1836433 0.4874291 0.3898432
#[2,] 0.3295078 -0.3053884 1.1249309
split(data.frame(x),idx)
#$`0`
# X1 X2 X3
#1 -0.6264538 -0.8204684 1.5117812
#3 -0.8356286 0.7383247 -0.6212406
#4 1.5952808 0.5757814 -2.2146999
#
#$`1`
# X1 X2 X3
#2 0.1836433 0.4874291 0.3898432
#5 0.3295078 -0.3053884 1.1249309
```