I have a quick reformatting question. I have a data frame of ~5000 factors with names and numbers such as this:

``>df1 Puppy2 3645473 Kitty4 7758335 Bunny6 775984``

And I want to transform it to look like this:

``>df1 Puppy 3645472 Kitty 7758333 Bunny 775984``

What is the most efficient way of doing this? Thanks!

This works, but certainly is not that efficient:

``````df<-c("Puppy",364547,"Kitty",775833,"Bunny",775984)

animals <- df[which(substr(df,1,1) %in% LETTERS)]
numbs <- df[which(substr(df,1,1) %in% seq(10,from=0))]

data.frame(animals,numbs)
``````

Here it is:

Creating the data frame:

``````df <- read.table(text=
"1 Puppy
2 364547
3 Kitty
4 775833
5 Bunny
6 775984")
``````

Selecting what you want (explaining better, for the first column we get only the "first" elements so we have TRUE, FALSE; and for the second column we get only the "second" elements so we have FALSE, TRUE. `R` recycling takes care of the rest.):

``````df2 <- data.frame(V1=df\$V2[c(TRUE, FALSE)], V2=df\$V2[c(FALSE, TRUE)])
``````

This will give you:

``````df2
V1     V2
1 Puppy 364547
2 Kitty 775833
3 Bunny 775984
``````

The most direct thing that comes to mind for me is to use a `matrix`. Using @carloscinelli's sample data:

``````matrix(df\$V2, ncol = 2, byrow = TRUE)
#      [,1]    [,2]
# [1,] "Puppy" "364547"
# [2,] "Kitty" "775833"
# [3,] "Bunny" "775984"
data.frame(matrix(df\$V2, ncol = 2, byrow = TRUE))
#      X1     X2
# 1 Puppy 364547
# 2 Kitty 775833
# 3 Bunny 775984
``````

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