as.data.table

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Coerce to data.table

Functions to check if an object is data.table, or coerce it if possible.

Keywords
data
Usage
as.data.table(x, keep.rownames=FALSE, …)

# S3 method for data.table as.data.table(x, …)

is.data.table(x)

Arguments
x

An R object.

keep.rownames

Default is FALSE. If TRUE, adds the input object's names as a separate column named "rn". keep.rownames = "id" names the column "id" instead.

Additional arguments to be passed to or from other methods.

Details

as.data.table is a generic function with many methods, and other packages can supply further methods.

If a list is supplied, each element is converted to a column in the data.table with shorter elements recycled automatically. Similarly, each column of a matrix is converted separately.

character objects are not converted to factor types unlike as.data.frame.

If a data.frame is supplied, all classes preceding "data.frame" are stripped. Similarly, for data.table as input, all classes preceding "data.table" are stripped. as.data.table methods returns a copy of original data. To modify by reference see setDT and setDF.

keep.rownames argument can be used to preserve the (row)names attribute in the resulting data.table.

See Also

data.table, setDT, setDF, copy, setkey, J, SJ, CJ, merge.data.table, :=, alloc.col, truelength, rbindlist, setNumericRounding, datatable-optimize

Aliases
  • as.data.table
  • as.data.table.matrix
  • as.data.table.list
  • as.data.table.data.frame
  • as.data.table.data.table
  • as.data.table.factor
  • as.data.table.ordered
  • as.data.table.integer
  • as.data.table.numeric
  • as.data.table.logical
  • as.data.table.character
  • as.data.table.Date
  • is.data.table
Examples
# NOT RUN {
nn = c(a=0.1, b=0.2, c=0.3, d=0.4)
as.data.table(nn)
as.data.table(nn, keep.rownames=TRUE)
as.data.table(nn, keep.rownames="rownames")

# char object not converted to factor
cc = c(X="a", Y="b", Z="c")
as.data.table(cc)
as.data.table(cc, keep.rownames=TRUE)
as.data.table(cc, keep.rownames="rownames")

mm = matrix(1:4, ncol=2, dimnames=list(c("r1", "r2"), c("c1", "c2")))
as.data.table(mm)
as.data.table(mm, keep.rownames=TRUE)
as.data.table(mm, keep.rownames="rownames")

ll = list(a=1:2, b=3:4)
as.data.table(ll)
as.data.table(ll, keep.rownames=TRUE)
as.data.table(ll, keep.rownames="rownames")

df = data.frame(x=rep(c("x","y","z"),each=2), y=c(1,3,6), row.names=LETTERS[1:6])
as.data.table(df)
as.data.table(df, keep.rownames=TRUE)
as.data.table(df, keep.rownames="rownames")

dt = data.table(x=rep(c("x","y","z"),each=2), y=c(1:6))
as.data.table(dt)
# }
Documentation reproduced from package data.table, version 1.10.4-1, License: GPL-3 | file LICENSE

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