Convert string to a variable name

I am using R to parse a list of strings in the form:

original_string <- "variable_name=variable_value"

First, I extract the variable name and value from the original string and convert the value to numeric class.

parameter_value <- as.numeric("variable_value")
parameter_name <- "variable_name"

Then, I would like to assign the value to a variable with the same name as the parameter_name string.

variable_name <- parameter_value

What is/are the function(s) for doing this?


  • assign is what you are looking for.

    assign("x", 5)
    [1] 5

    but buyer beware.

    See R FAQ 7.21