how to select certain columns in R
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mms140130 ▴ 60

I have the following part of the data

      TCGA-3C-AAAU-01A-11D-A41E-01 TCGA-3C-AAAU-10A-01D-A41E-01
A1BG                           0.1302                       0.0064
A2M                            0.2586                       0.0033
A2MP1                          0.2586                       0.0033
NAT1                           0.2662                       0.0034
NAT2                           0.2662                       0.0034
SERPINA3                      -0.2761                       0.0034
         TCGA-3C-AALI-01A-11D-A41E-01
A1BG                           0.1036
A2M                            0.0309
A2MP1                          0.0309
NAT1                           0.3269
NAT2                           0.3269
SERPINA3                       0.0252

I want to select the columns that contain -01A- only , 4th place from the left

TCGA-3C-AALI-01A-11D-A41E-01

How can I do that ?

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try to use "colnames, substr and which" functions in R

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Hello mms140130!

It appears that your post has been cross-posted to another site: https://support.bioconductor.org/p/97884/

This is typically not recommended as it runs the risk of annoying people in both communities.

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Please follow up on your previous questions. It's important to provide feedback.

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I will look at my previous Questions and provide feedback ! Thank you..

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This is a nice example of when the dplyr package is useful. Given a dataframe, d:

> library(dplyr)
> d %>% select(contains("-01A-")) # or just 'select(d, contains("-01A"))'

The will select all columns containing "-01A-" in the column name.

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Thank you very much , that was really helpful :)

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