[R] Remove columns by name data[-c("subj","drug")]

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Feb 27 10:33:32 CET 2001

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Dieter Menne wrote:

> Is there an easy way to remove data frame columns
> by name instead of by index? The following gives
> the idea
> remove<-c("subj","drug")
> data[-remove]
> I found a solution with a few evals and substitutes,
> similar to that used in reshapeLong, but there must
> be an easier way out.

data[-match(remove, names(data))]

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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