Combine R Objects by Rows or Columns
Take a sequence of vector, matrix or data frames arguments and combine by columns or rows, respectively. These are generic functions with methods for other R classes.
cbind(..., deparse.level = 1) rbind(..., deparse.level = 1)
- vectors or matrices. These can be given as named
arguments. Other R objects will be coerced as appropriate: see
sections Details and Value. (For the
cbindthese can be further arguments to
- integer controlling the construction of labels in
the case of non-matrix-like arguments (for the default method):
deparse.level = 0constructs no labels; the default,
deparse.level = 1 or 2constructs labels from the argument names, see the Value section below.
rbind are S3 generic, with
methods for data frames. The data frame method will be used if at
least one argument is a data frame and the rest are vectors or
matrices. There can be other methods; in particular, there is one for
time series objects. See the section on Dispatch for how
the method to be used is selected.
In the default method, all the vectors/matrices must be atomic (see
vector) or lists. Expressions are not allowed.
Language objects (such as formulae and calls) and pairlists will be
coerced to lists: other objects (such as names and external pointers)
will be included as elements in a list result. Any classes the inputs
might have are discarded (in particular, factors are replaced by their
If there are several matrix arguments, they must all have the same
number of columns (or rows) and this will be the number of columns (or
rows) of the result. If all the arguments are vectors, the number of
columns (rows) in the result is equal to the length of the longest
vector. Values in shorter arguments are recycled to achieve this
length (with a
warning if they are recycled only
When the arguments consist of a mix of matrices and vectors the number of columns (rows) of the result is determined by the number of columns (rows) of the matrix arguments. Any vectors have their values recycled or subsetted to achieve this length.
rbind), vectors of zero length (including
NULL) are ignored unless the result would have zero rows
(columns), for S compatibility.
(Zero-extent matrices do not occur in S3 and are not ignored in R.)
For the default method, a matrix combining the
...arguments column-wise or row-wise. (Exception: if there are no inputs or all the inputs are
NULL, the value is
NULL.)The type of a matrix result determined from the highest type of any of the inputs in the hierarchy raw < logical < integer < double < complex < character < list .For
rbind) the column (row) names are taken from the
rownames) of the arguments if these are matrix-like. Otherwise from the names of the arguments or where those are not supplied and
deparse.level > 0, by deparsing the expressions given, for
deparse.level = 1only if that gives a sensible name (a symbol, see
cbindrow names are taken from the first argument with appropriate names: rownames for a matrix, or names for a vector of length the number of rows of the result.For
rbindcolumn names are taken from the first argument with appropriate names: colnames for a matrix, or names for a vector of length the number of columns of the result.
Data frame methods
cbind data frame method is just a wrapper for
data.frame(..., check.names = FALSE). This means that
it will split matrix columns in data frame arguments, and convert
character columns to factors unless
stringsAsFactors = FALSE is
rbind data frame method first drops all zero-column and
zero-row arguments. (If that leaves none, it returns the first
argument with columns otherwise a zero-column zero-row data frame.)
It then takes the classes of the columns from the
first data frame, and matches columns by name (rather than by
position). Factors have their levels expanded as necessary (in the
order of the levels of the levelsets of the factors encountered) and
the result is an ordered factor if and only if all the components were
ordered factors. (The last point differs from S-PLUS.) Old-style
categories (integer vectors with levels) are promoted to factors.
The method dispatching is not done via
UseMethod(), but by C-internal dispatching.
Therefore there is no need for, e.g.,
rbind.default. The dispatch algorithm is described in the source file
- For each argument we get the list of possible class memberships from the class attribute.
- We inspect each class in turn to see if there is an applicable method.
- If we find an applicable method we make sure that it is identical to any method determined for prior arguments. If it is identical, we proceed, otherwise we immediately drop through to the default code.
Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.
m <- cbind(1, 1:7) # the '1' (= shorter vector) is recycled m m <- cbind(m, 8:14)[, c(1, 3, 2)] # insert a column m cbind(1:7, diag(3)) # vector is subset -> warning cbind(0, rbind(1, 1:3)) cbind(I = 0, X = rbind(a = 1, b = 1:3)) # use some names xx <- data.frame(I = rep(0,2)) cbind(xx, X = rbind(a = 1, b = 1:3)) # named differently cbind(0, matrix(1, nrow = 0, ncol = 4)) #> Warning (making sense) dim(cbind(0, matrix(1, nrow = 2, ncol = 0))) #-> 2 x 1 ## deparse.level dd <- 10 rbind(1:4, c = 2, "a++" = 10, dd, deparse.level = 0) # middle 2 rownames rbind(1:4, c = 2, "a++" = 10, dd, deparse.level = 1) # 3 rownames (default) rbind(1:4, c = 2, "a++" = 10, dd, deparse.level = 2) # 4 rownames