Essi Shams - 3 months ago 22

R Question

MyDataframe is a dataframe which has 7 columns now of the character, numeric and date data types. The dataframe has 300,000 rows.

I need to have a vector as a new field for each row of the data table. I need the vector to have 1440 zeros initially. Let's call this MyVector.

If I try this:

MyDataframe$MyVector = numeric(1440)

I get an error message saying that the number of rows in the dataframe dont match the length of the vector. This tells me that R is trying to add the whole vector as a column in the dataframe.

How do I add the vector, so that each row of the dataframe will have a vector as a member?

Answer

The stackoverflow `data.frame`

documentation is very helpful. As you see, a `data.frame`

is a special type of `list`

. It can have any kind of object in it: others lists (such as models), data.frames or even vectors. In those cases, the data.frame is known as **nested data.frame**, that's the term you need to search for.

You can produce it like this:

```
df <- data.frame(a = 1:3, b = letters[1:3])
df$vectors <- list(numeric(3), numeric(3), numeric(3))
str(df)
'data.frame': 3 obs. of 3 variables:
$ a : int 1 2 3
$ b : Factor w/ 3 levels "a","b","c": 1 2 3
$ vectors:List of 3
..$ : num 0 0 0
..$ : num 0 0 0
..$ : num 0 0 0
```