Pass list from python to R through rpy2


I'm trying to make a simple call to a R package (ks) from within python through <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/index.html" rel="nofollow">rpy2</a>. This is what I would like to achieve:

import rpy2.robjects as robjects # Define two matrices. matrix1 = [[1,1,1,1], [3,3,3,3]] matrix2 = [[1,1,1,1], [3,3,3,3]] # Call 'ks' function to obtain p_value. p_val = robjects.r(''' library(ks) kde.test(x1=matrix1, x2=matrix2)$pvalue''') print p_val

I tried following the <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/introduction.html#calling-r-functions" rel="nofollow">documentation from rpy2</a> but it is very scarce. Any help would be appreciated.


Posting my own answer based on the one given by <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/a/19737834/1391441" rel="nofollow">lgautier</a> since that one did not work as is. I also made it a bit more general by passing nrow instead of having it fixed.

import rpy2.robjects as robjects from rpy2.robjects.packages import importr ks = importr('ks') kde_test = ks.kde_test matr1 = [1., 3., 1., 3., 0.2, 1.5, 0.5, 1.3] matr2 = [1., 3., 1., 3., 0.2, 1.5, 0.5, 1.3, 0.5, 4.6] m1 = robjects.r.matrix(robjects.FloatVector(matr1), nrow=int(len(matr1)/2), byrow=True) m2 = robjects.r.matrix(robjects.FloatVector(matr2), nrow=int(len(matr2)/2), byrow=True) res = kde_test(x1 = m1, x2 = m2) pval = res.rx2('pvalue') print float(str(pval)[4:])

All credit goes to lgautier for proposing the solution even if it did not work at first.


To get <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/robjects_rpackages.html#rpy2.robjects.packages" rel="nofollow">functions in packages</a>:

from rpy2.robjects.packages import importr ks = importr('ks') kde_test = ks.kde_test

To <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/vector.html#matrix" rel="nofollow">build matrices</a>:

import rpy2.robjects Matrix = rpy2.robjects.r.matrix from rpy2.robjects.vectors import IntVector matrix1 = Matrix( IntVector([1,1,1,1, 3,3,3,3]), nrow=2) matrix2 = Matrix( IntVector([1,1,1,1, 3,3,3,3]), nrow=2)

To <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/robjects_functions.html" rel="nofollow">call functions</a>:

res = kde_test(x1 = matrix1, x2 = matrix2)

To <a href="http://rpy.sourceforge.net/rpy2/doc-2.3/html/vector.html#extracting-r-style" rel="nofollow">extract a named element in a list</a>:

pval = res.rx2('pvalue')


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