Togaware DATA MINING
Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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Head and Tail

R provides two functions for quickly looking at some subset of the data (whether this be vectors, matrices, data frames, or even functions). These mimic traditional Unix and GNU commands head and tail. The head function returns the top few (6 by default) rows of a data frame.

> head(iris)
  Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species
1          5.1         3.5          1.4         0.2  setosa
2          4.9         3.0          1.4         0.2  setosa
3          4.7         3.2          1.3         0.2  setosa
4          4.6         3.1          1.5         0.2  setosa
5          5.0         3.6          1.4         0.2  setosa
6          5.4         3.9          1.7         0.4  setosa

Similarly, tail returns the bottom few (6 by default) rows of a data frame:

> tail(iris)
    Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width   Species
145          6.7         3.3          5.7         2.5 virginica
146          6.7         3.0          5.2         2.3 virginica
147          6.3         2.5          5.0         1.9 virginica
148          6.5         3.0          5.2         2.0 virginica
149          6.2         3.4          5.4         2.3 virginica
150          5.9         3.0          5.1         1.8 virginica



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