Maiasaura Maiasaura - 1 month ago 5
R Question

How to name variables on the fly?

Is it possible to create new variable names on the fly?

I'd like to read data frames from a list into new variables with numbers at the end. Something like orca1, orca2, orca3...

If I try something like

paste("orca",i,sep="")=list_name[[i]]


I get this error

target of assignment expands to non-language object


Is there another way around this?

Answer

Use assign:

assign(paste("orca",i,sep=""), list_name[[i]])
Comments