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Flatten nested data frames

In a nested data frame, one or more of the columns consist of another data frame. These structures frequently appear when parsing JSON data from the web. We can flatten such data frames into a regular 2 dimensional tabular structure.

Usage
flatten(x, recursive = TRUE)
Arguments
x

a data frame

recursive

flatten recursively

Aliases
  • flatten
Examples
# NOT RUN {
options(stringsAsFactors=FALSE)
x <- data.frame(driver = c("Bowser", "Peach"), occupation = c("Koopa", "Princess"))
x$vehicle <- data.frame(model = c("Piranha Prowler", "Royal Racer"))
x$vehicle$stats <- data.frame(speed = c(55, 34), weight = c(67, 24), drift = c(35, 32))
str(x)
str(flatten(x))
str(flatten(x, recursive = FALSE))

# }
# NOT RUN {
data1 <- fromJSON("https://api.github.com/users/hadley/repos")
colnames(data1)
colnames(data1$owner)
colnames(flatten(data1))

# or for short:
data2 <- fromJSON("https://api.github.com/users/hadley/repos", flatten = TRUE)
colnames(data2)
# }
# NOT RUN {
# }
Documentation reproduced from package jsonlite, version 1.6, License: MIT + file LICENSE

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