[R] cbind question, please

Steve Taylor steve.taylor at aut.ac.nz
Fri Apr 24 01:32:00 CEST 2015

This works for me...

get0 = function(x) get(x,pos=1)
sapply(big.char, get0)

The extra step seems necessary because without it, get() gets base::cat() instead of cat.


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From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Erin Hodgess
Sent: Friday, 24 April 2015 10:41a
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Subject: [R] cbind question, please


I have a cbind type question, please:  Suppose I have the following:

dog <- 1:3
cat <- 2:4
tree <- 5:7

and a character vector
big.char <- c("dog","cat","tree")

I want to end up with a matrix that is a "cbind" of dog, cat, and tree.
This is a toy example.  There will be a bunch of variables.

I experimented with "do.call", but all I got was

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  I still think that do.call
might be the key, but I'm not sure.

R Version 3-1.3, Windows 7.


Erin Hodgess
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematical and Statistics
University of Houston - Downtown
mailto: erinm.hodgess at gmail.com

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