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Non-syntactic names in select + group_by #1138

michaelweylandt opened this issue May 15, 2015 · 0 comments

Non-syntactic names in select + group_by #1138

michaelweylandt opened this issue May 15, 2015 · 0 comments


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@michaelweylandt michaelweylandt commented May 15, 2015

Should dplyr support non-syntactic (backtick-required) names for columns?

Minimal reproducible example:

> data_frame(`a b`=2) %>% group_by(`a b`) %>% select
Error: invalid column index : NA for variable: `a b` = `a b`

The problem seems to be in select_.grouped_df. In particular, it's tripping over the following funny interaction between non-syntactic names / lists / as.character:

> x <- quote(`a b`)
> as.character(x) ## no backticks
[1] "a b"
> as.character(list(x)) ## backticks
[1] "`a b`"
> y <- quote(`ab`)
> as.character(y)
[1] "ab"
> as.character(list(y))
[1] "ab"

Because of the additional backticks, not all elements of include are in names(.data) leading to the error shown above.

Changing to

vars <- select_vars_(names(.data), dots, include = unlist(lapply(groups(.data), as.character)))

appears to fix the problem.

@hadley hadley added this to the 0.5 milestone May 19, 2015
@hadley hadley added the bug label Oct 22, 2015
@hadley hadley closed this in 41a666d Mar 8, 2016
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