subListExtract

Extract the same element from the sublists of a list

Given a list of lists, this function can be used to extract a named element from each sublist.

Keywords
manip
Usage
subListExtract(L, name, simplify = FALSE, keep.names = TRUE)
Arguments
L
A list of named lists
name
The name of the element in the sublists that should be extracted. This should be a length one character vector.
simplify
When TRUE, the return value will be an atomic vector. If any extracted sublist value has length not equal to one and simplify=TRUE, an error will be raised. When FALSE, a list is returned containing the extracted elements.
keep.names
If TRUE (default), the names of L will be attached to the returned vector.
Details

This function is implemented in C and is intended to be faster than calling lapply or sapply.

Value

If simplify=FALSE, a list will be returned having the same length as L, but with each element containing the element named name from the corresponding inner list of L.When simplify=TRUE, an atomic vector will be returned containing the extracted elements. If any of the inner list elements do not have length one or cannot be put inside an atomic vector, an error will be raised.

Aliases
  • subListExtract
Examples
list_size = 500000
innerL = list(foo="foo", bar="bar")
L = rep(list(innerL), list_size)

system.time({j0 = sapply(L, function(x) x$foo)})
system.time({j1 = subListExtract(L, "foo", simplify=TRUE)})
stopifnot(all.equal(j0, j1))

LS = L[1:3]
names(LS) = LETTERS[1:3]
subListExtract(LS, "bar", simplify=TRUE)
subListExtract(LS, "bar", simplify=FALSE)
subListExtract(LS, "bar", simplify=TRUE, keep.names=FALSE)
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