[R] Get data from a list of data frames (Stefano Sofia)

Jorgen Harmse JH@rm@e @end|ng |rom roku@com
Fri Dec 16 16:15:58 CET 2022

Following Bert Gunter's suggestion, I wonder why the data are in separate frames (with hard-coded values) in the first place. You could put them in a text file and call read.table. If you provide a header and put a meaningful station name at the start of each data row then rownames of your data frame will be meaningful.

Jorgen Harmse.

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Dear R-list users,

I have a list of n data frames built as follows:

Station1 <- data.frame(sensor = c("thermometer", "raingauge", "snowgauge", "anemometer"), code = c(2583, 1478, 3178, NA))
Station2 <- data.frame(sensor = c("thermometer", "raingauge", "snowgauge", "anemometer"), code = c(2584, 1479, 3179, 4453))

Total <- list("Station1"=Station1, "Station2"=Station2, ...)

I would need to have a vector with the sensor codes of the thermometers of some stations, let's say of Station1, Station2 and Station5 (i.e. c(2583, 2584, 2587)).
I tried with lapply, but I have not been able to get what I need.
Could you please help me?

Thank you


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Well, just for giggles, Gerrit's solution can be easily vectorized (i.e. no
apply()-type stuff needed) IFF the structure of all the data frames are
identical so that rbind() works:

d <-do.call('rbind',Total[select.stat]) ## one data frame to combine them
all ;-)
d[d$sensor == 'thermometer','code']

Whether this is better, worse, or unneeded, I cannot say.


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