Return data.frame Class when Using dplyr Package in R (Example)


In this R programming article you’ll learn how to get a data.frame output when using the dplyr package.

The post will contain one example for the printing of a data.frame output when using the dplyr package. To be more precise, the page looks as follows:

Let’s get started…


Example Data & Add-On Packages

Have a look at the exemplifying data below:

data <- data.frame(x = 1:6,        # Create example data frame
                   group = letters[1:3])
data                               # Print example data frame


table 1 data frame return data frame class when using dplyr package r


Table 1 shows the structure of our example data: It is made of six rows and two columns. The variable x is an integer and the variable group is a character.

We also have to install and load the dplyr package, if we want to use the functions that are included in the package:

install.packages("dplyr")          # Install & load dplyr

We could now apply some dplyr operations as shown below:

data_tibble <- data %>%            # Return tibble when using dplyr
  group_by(group) %>% 
                      list(mean = mean))
# # A tibble: 3 x 2
# group  mean
# <chr> <dbl>
# 1 a       2.5
# 2 b       3.5
# 3 c       4.5

The previous R code has calculated the mean by group.

However, in this tutorial, we are interested in the class of the output. Let’s check this:

class(data_tibble)                 # Check class of output
# [1] "grouped_df" "tbl_df"     "tbl"        "data.frame"

As you can see, the previous R code has created a tibble object.

This is fine, but if you prefer to work with the data.frame class, you might be interested in learning how to return a data.frame when using the dplyr package.

Keep on reading to learn more!


Example: Get Data Frame Output when Using dplyr Package Using Function

The following R code explains how to return a data.frame instead of a tibble when using functions of the dplyr package.

To achieve this, we can apply the function at the end of our syntax as shown below:

data_df <- data %>%                # Adding function at end of code
  group_by(group) %>% 
                      list(mean = mean)) %>%
#   group mean
# 1     a  2.5
# 2     b  3.5
# 3     c  4.5

By executing the previous R programming syntax, we have created a data object called data_df. Let’s print the data type of this object:

class(data_df)                     # Check class of output
# [1] "data.frame"

It’s a data.frame – great!


Video & Further Resources

Have a look at the following video on my YouTube channel. In the video, I’m demonstrating the examples of this tutorial.



Furthermore, you could read the other tutorials which I have published on my website:


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