R Error : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment (2 Examples)

 

In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to fix the “Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment”.

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You’re here for the answer, so let’s get straight to the examples!

 

Example 1: Replicate the Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment

The following syntax explains how to reproduce the “Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment” in the R programming language.

Let’s assume that we want to assign a value to a new data object. Then, we might try to use the following R code:

sum() <- 7                     # Try to assign value
# Error in sum() <- 7 : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment

As you can see, the execution of the previous R syntax lead to the “Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment”.

The reason for this is that it’s not possible to assign a value to a function.

Next, I’ll show how to deal with with problem!

 

Example 2: Resolve the Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment

The R syntax below explains how to handle the “Error in X : invalid (NULL) left side of assignment”.

For this, we have to specify a valid data object name to which we assign our value:

x <- 7                         # Properly assign value
x                              # Print data object
# [1] 7

The previous code has assigned the value 7 to the data object x. Looks good!

 

Video, Further Resources & Summary

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