How to rbind every nth element of a list using base R?

I have a list containing different dataframes. Every nth dataframe of the list has the same structure. The list is somewhat like this:

my_list <- list(list(data.frame(a= rnorm(10), b= rnorm(10)),
                 data.frame(abc= letters[1:10])),
                list(data.frame(a= rnorm(10), b= rnorm(10)),
                 data.frame(abc= letters[11:20])))

I want to the first dataframe of each list and the second dataframe of each list. Thus, my expected result is:

list([[1]][[1]], my_list[[2]][[1]]),[[1]][[2]], my_list[[2]][[2]]))

In this example there are two dataframes per list but in my case the number of dataframes can change while running the code another time. So I need a general solution that binds every nth list. How can I do this with base R? It must be base R.

>Solution :

Select the element that you’re interested in with something like

lapply(my_list, `[[`, 1)

for the first data.frame. Then use to rbind the list of selected data.frames, lapply(my_list, `[[`, 1))

Generalize this with a function that extracts any list element i

FUN <- function(x, i), lapply(x, `[[`, i))

and use lapply() to generate the multiple data.frames you’re interested in

lapply(1:2, FUN, x = my_list)

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