Creating Data Frames
Last updated: March 21, 2020
Manually creating a data frame
Sometimes it is helpful to manually create a data frame from within R, either for quick testing or for requesting help in a context where creating a short, self-contained example is necessary. This can be done simply with the
tribble function, which is for row-wise creation of
df <- tribble( ~col_name_1, ~col_name_2, ~col_name_3, "a", 1, 3, "b", 2, 2, "c", 3, 1 ) # A tibble: 3 x 3 # col_name_1 col_name_2 col_name_3 # <chr> <dbl> <dbl> # 1 a 1 3 # 2 b 2 2 # 3 c 3 1
Empty data frames
Another sometimes-useful pattern is creating an empty data frame and then adding rows. I use this pattern for collecting results from a for loop, for example.
df_results <- tribble(~label, ~ci_lower, ~ci_upper) df_results <- df_results %>% add_row(label="group1", ci_lower=2.7, ci_upper=3.4) df_results <- df_results %>% add_row(label="group2", ci_lower=1.8, ci_upper=3.7) # A tibble: 2 x 3 # label ci_lower ci_upper # <chr> <dbl> <dbl> # 1 group1 2.7 3.4 # 2 group2 1.8 3.7
When using this pattern, it’s not necessary to pre-specify variable types in the
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