[R] Confused about using data.table package,

C W tmrsg11 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 20:37:13 CET 2017

Hi R,

I am a little confused by the data.table package.


df <- data.frame(w=rnorm(20, -10, 1), x= rnorm(20, 0, 1), y=rnorm(20, 10, 1),
z=rnorm(20, 20, 1))

df <- data.table(df)

#drop column w

df_1 <- df[, w := NULL] # I thought you are supposed to do: df_1 <- df[, -w]

df_2 <- df[x<y] # aren't you supposed to do df_2 <- df[x<y]?

df_3 <- df[, a := x-y] # created new column a using x minus y, why are we
using colon equals?

I am a bit confused by this syntax.


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