Resolved: R scripts - Best practices
In the previous lecture, we have two possible ways to insert a new column to a dataframe:
my.data$MarkScreenTime <- mark (or) my.data[["MarkScreenTime"]] <- mark
Then, in this lecture, I tried to use the other syntax when we set the null values of "species" column as "Unknown":
(from) my.wars$species[is.na(my.wars$species)] <- "Unknown" (to) my.wars[["species"]][is.na(my.wars["species"])] <- "Unknown"
Surprisingly, R accepted it, and I got the same result.
However, I remember that in the beginning of this course,
vector . name is a good way, while
vector _ name is a bad way of naming vectors
I like to ask the same question with using "data.frame $ column.name" and "data.frame [ "column_name" ] . (I added whitespaces because the formatting of bold letters got messed up when I posted the question the first time)
Which of these two is the better way of calling column names?
thanks for reaching out! To your question, I'm not entirely sure which of the two variants is better, and I think if both are accepted by R, then you're free to choose. I mostly use $ because I'm used to this being the syntax in R. The [""] approach is similar to Python and I suspect that this is why it's been incorporated in the R syntax(or it might be the other way around). So, I'm not sure if there's a definitive guideline on which to use, imo both are acceptable ways to access a column in an R data frame, so feel free to use either version.
Hope this helps!