Create List of Matrices in R (Example)


In this article you’ll learn how to store multiple matrices in a list object in R.

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So let’s take a look at some R codes in action…


Creation of Example Data

We’ll use the following data as basement for this R programming tutorial:

mat1 <- matrix(1:15, ncol = 3)             # Create first example matrix
mat1                                       # Print first example matrix


table 1 matrix create list matrices


Table 1 shows the structure of our first example matrix: It contains five rows and three integer columns.

Let’s create a second matrix object:

mat2 <- matrix(letters[1:16], ncol = 4)    # Create second example matrix
mat2                                       # Print second example matrix


table 2 matrix create list matrices


The output of the previous R syntax is shown in Table 2: Another matrix containing character letters.


Example: Create List of Matrices Using list() Function

This example demonstrates how to combine multiple matrix objects in a single list.

For this task, we can apply the list function as shown below:

my_list <- list(mat1, mat2)                # Create list
my_list                                    # Print list
# [[1]]
#      [,1] [,2] [,3]
# [1,]    1    6   11
# [2,]    2    7   12
# [3,]    3    8   13
# [4,]    4    9   14
# [5,]    5   10   15
# [[2]]
#      [,1] [,2] [,3] [,4]
# [1,] "a"  "e"  "i"  "m" 
# [2,] "b"  "f"  "j"  "n" 
# [3,] "c"  "g"  "k"  "o" 
# [4,] "d"  "h"  "l"  "p"

As you can see, each matrix has been stored as a separate list element.


Video & Further Resources

Have a look at the following video on my YouTube channel. In the video, I illustrate the R programming syntax of this page in a live session in RStudio.



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