[R] How to remove a complete dataframe column

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri May 30 18:10:15 CEST 2003

On Fri, 30 May 2003, Mark Marques wrote:

> I am using dataframes and I and I want to delete (remove) a specific
> column by name ...
> the data frame has 14 columns with several names and only need some.
> I tried to overwrite the columns with a single value but that in not very
> clean as I need to export the data to file.
> The rm command gives me a warning message stating :
> < remove: variable "rtu$Ri." was not found >
> or there is another method to remove parts of a dataframe?

You make a copy selecting the names you want, as in

rtu2 <- rtu[!(names(rtu) %in% c("Ri", "another I do not want"))]


rtu3 <- rtu[c("var2", "var7")]

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