R Vector

The Vector is the most basic Data structure in R programming. R Vector can hold a collection of similar types of elements (type may be an integer, double, char, Boolean, etc.) If you type different data types in a single R vector, then all the elements will be converted to a single type. In this article, we show how to Create a Vector, How to Access and manipulate the Elements. Next, Performing Arithmetic Operations on vectors in R.

Create a Vector in R

Every variable will be internally converted to Vector in R programming. In this example, we will create a vector in R of a single element. The most basic way to create is.

# with 1 integer Element
print(10L)

# with 1 String element
print("Hello")
R Vector 1

Create R Vector using Range

In R programming, there is a special operator called Range or Colon, and this will help to create a vector. For example, i <- 1:10 means 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

# with Range
i <- 1:10
print(i)

# with Decimal Range
j <- 1.5:5.5
print(j)

# with Decimal Range
k <- 1.5:5.5
print(k)

# with Decimal Range
n <- -10:-20
print(n)

# Letter with Range
l <- LETTERS[1:6]
print(l)
R Vector 2

Create R Vector using Sequence (seq) Operator

Here, we create a vector in R programming using a sequence operator or simply a seq operator. The Sequence operator will return values sequentially.

# with Sequence
a <- seq(from = 1, to = 10, by = 1) 
print(a)

# Here, from =, to =, by = values are option so you can remove them too
b <- seq(11, to = 15, by = 1) # Removing from
print(b)

c <- seq(15, 25, by = 3) # Removing both from, to
print(c)

d <- seq(2, 20, 2) # removing from, to, and by
print(d)

It will create a Vector in R starting with Value 1 at index position 1 and ends with Value 10 at index position 10 by increment the value by 1. It means 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

a <- seq(from = 1, to = 10, by = 1)
R Vector 3

Creating R Vector using concatenation c

This example create an R vector using c, or we say concatenation. It is the most popular R Programming approach, and normally we prefer this way.

# with Concatenation

# Numeric 
a <- c(1, 2, 3, 4) 
print(a)

# Character 
b <- c("India", "China", "Japan", "Russia", "Sri Lanka") 
print(b)

#Boolean 
d <- c(TRUE, FALSE, FALSE, TRUE, TRUE) 
print(d)

# Mixed and its Type will be Character
e <- c("India", 2, "China", 1, TRUE) 
print(e)
typeof(e) # this will return the Data type of e

# Placing or Nesting One inside the another
f <- c("UK", "USA", TRUE, FALSE, b) # b is another one
print(f)
R Vector 4

Access R Vector Elements

In R programming, We can use the index position to access the elements in a Vector. Using this index value, we can access or alter/change each and every individual element present. Index value starts at 1 and ends at n where n is the length.

For example, if we declare a vector that stores 10 elements then index starts at 1 and ends at 10. To access or alter 1st value use Vector_Name[1] and to alter or access the 10th value, use Vector_Name[10].

# Elements Accessing
a <-  c("India", "China", "Japan", "UK", "USA", "Russia", "Sri Lanka") 
print(a)

print(a[1])
print(a[3])

print(a[1:3])
print(a[4:6])
R Vector 5

First, we declared a Vector called a and assigned the following values

a <-  c("India", "China", "Japan", "UK", "USA", "Russia", "Sri Lanka")

Here, a[1] means element at first position (i.e., India), and a[3] means element at the third position (i.e., Japan).

print(a[1])
print(a[3])

In the next line, we used the special operator Range (or Colon). It prints the elements from 1 through 3 (i.e., 1, 2, 3)

print(a[1:3])

Access using Vector

This example access the elements using another Vector in R.

In the sixth line print(a[b]), we used those numbers as the index position to access the elements. It means, prints the elements at index position 2, 4, and 6.

# Elements Accessing
a <-  c("India", "China", "Japan", "UK", "USA", "Russia", "Sri Lanka") 
print(a)

b <- c(2, 4, 6)
print(a[b])

print(a[c(5, 7)])

print(a[c(7, 4, 1)])
R Vector 6

Using Negative Values in R Vector

Accessing the elements using Negative values and the Boolean values. In R Vectors, Negative index position is used to omit those values.

# Elements Accessing
a <-  c("India", "China", "Japan", "UK", "USA", "Russia", "Sri Lanka") 
print(a)

b <- c(-3, -7)
print(a[b])

print(a[c(-4, -6, -7)])

print(a[c(TRUE, FALSE, TRUE, TRUE, FALSE, TRUE, FALSE)])
R Vector 7

First, we declared b of negative numbers -3 and -7.

b <- c(-3, -7)

In the next line, we used those numbers as the index position to access the elements. It means, prints the elements except for the values at index position 3 and 7.

print(a[b])

In the next line, we declared a Boolean. We used those Boolean values as the index position to access a elements. Here, TRUE means print the value, and FALSE means don’t print. It means print elements at positions 1, 3, 4, 6.

print(a[c(TRUE, FALSE, TRUE, TRUE, FALSE, TRUE, FALSE)])

Use Character Vectors as Index

In this example, we show how to access the R Vector elements using Character Index values. Here, we declare v with alphabet indexes that can help us extract the elements using the alphabets.

v <-  c("a" = 10, "b" = 20, "c" = 30, "d" = -15, "e" = 40) 
print(v)

print(v["a"])

print(v["d"])

print(v[c("a", "c")])
R Vector 8

Manipulate R Vector Elements

In R Programming, we can manipulate the Vector elements in following ways:

# Elements Manipulation
a <-  c(10, 20, 30, -15, 40, -25, 60, -5) 
print(a)

a[7] <- 77 
print(a)

a[a < 0] <- 99
print(a)

# Truncating the Elements
a <- a[1:5]
print(a)

# Deleting
a <- NULL
print(a)
R Vector 9

Assigning 77 at position 7.

a[7] <- 77

It will assign 99 to all the elements whose values are less than 0. Here a < 0 will check whether the element is less than zero or not, and if the condition is true, then that element will be replaced by 99.

a[a < 0] <- 99

In vector Slicing, the first integer value is the index position where the slicing will start, and the second is the index position of the slicing will end.

a <- a[1:5]

It removes a completely

a <- NULL

Important Functions of Vector

The following functions are some of the most useful functions supported by the Vectors in R programming.

  • typeof(VectorName): Returns the data type.
  • Sort(Vector_name): Sort the items in the Ascending order.
  • length(Vector_name): Counts the number of items.
  • head(Vector_name, limit): Returns the top six items (if you Omit the limit). If you specify the limit as 4 then, it returns the first 4 items.
  • tail(Vector_name, limit): It returns the last six items (if you Omit the limit). If you specify the limit as 2, then it returns the last two items.
# Elements Accessing
a <-  c(10, 20, 30, -15, 40, -25, 60, -5) 
print(a)

# Some of the Important Functions
typeof(a)
length(a)

head(a)
head(a, 4)

tail(a)
tail(a, 3)

x <- sort(a)
print(x)
R Vector 10

Arithmetic Operations on R Vector

Using Arithmetic Operators to perform arithmetic operations.

a <-  c(10, 20, 30, 40)
b <-  c(12, 26, 38, 44)

print(a + b)

print(b - a)

print(a * b)

print (2 * a)

d <- c(12, 44)
print(a + d)
R Vector 11

First, we declared two numeric a and b of the same length

Next, we performed addition, subtraction and multiplication on this R vectors. Here a + b means (10 + 12, 20 + 26, 30 + 38, 40 + 44) = (22, 46, 38, 44)

print(a + b)
print(b - a)
print(a * b)

The above things will work as long as the length is the same. But, if the lengths are different, then the element recycling will happen. It will travel and multiply each item with 2 until it finishes the elements.

print (2 * a)

Next, we declared d of two elements and performed the addition. Here a + d means (10 + 12, 20 + 44, 30 + 12, 40 + 44) because we have only two items in d so those two items will be repeated.

d <- c(12, 44)
print(a + d)