# Create Matrix of Lists in R (Example)

In this post, Iâ€™ll explain how to construct a matrix of lists in the R programming language.

Youâ€™re here for the answer, so letâ€™s get straight to the example:

## Introduction of Example Data

The first step is to create some data that we can use in the examples below:

```my_list1 <- list(1, 2, 3)               # Create first list
my_list1                                # Print first list
# [[1]]
# [1] 1
#
# [[2]]
# [1] 2
#
# [[3]]
# [1] 3```
```my_list2 <- list("a", "b", "c", "d")    # Create second list
my_list2                                # Print second list
# [[1]]
# [1] "a"
#
# [[2]]
# [1] "b"
#
# [[3]]
# [1] "c"
#
# [[4]]
# [1] "d"```
```my_list3 <- list(1, "xxx", 1:3)         # Create third list
my_list3                                # Print third list
# [[1]]
# [1] 1
#
# [[2]]
# [1] "xxx"
#
# [[3]]
# [1] 1 2 3```
```my_list4 <- list(1:3, 2:5)              # Create fourth list
my_list4                                # Print fourth list
# [[1]]
# [1] 1 2 3
#
# [[2]]
# [1] 2 3 4 5```

The previous outputs of the RStudio console show our four exemplifying list objects.

At this point of the tutorial, each of these lists is stored in a different data object.

## Example: Combine Lists in Matrix Using matrix() & list() Functions

This example shows how to merge multiple list objects in a single matrix.

Have a look at the following R code and its output:

```my_mat <- matrix(list(my_list1,         # Create matrix of lists
my_list2,
my_list3,
my_list4),
ncol = 2)
my_mat                                  # Print matrix of lists
#      [,1]   [,2]
# [1,] list,3 list,3
# [2,] list,4 list,2```

As you can see, we have created a 2Ã—2 matrix where each matrix cell contains one of our lists.

## Video, Further Resources & Summary

Have a look at the following video on my YouTube channel. In the video, I demonstrate the R code of this page:

Furthermore, you could have a look at the related R posts that I have published on my website.

In summary: In this R tutorial you have learned how to create a matrix containing list objects. A method that can be useful when you want to create a two-dimensional array of vectors which are of different lengths. Tell me about it in the comments, if you have any additional comments or questions.

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