Generally disable dimension dropping for matrices?

As we all know, R tries to reduce matrices to vectors if its column- or row-dimension is 1. This automatic dropping of dimensions can be prevented by use of the drop=F command.

However, I am currently writing a large R package and would require to disable dimension dropping on several hundred occasions in my code, so that I would have to manually find these locations and add drop=F many hundred times.

Therefore, I would like to know if there's any option or possibility to generally disable dimension dropping for matrices in R?


You can do it by redefining the [ function:

x <- matrix(1:4,2)

`[` <- function(...) base::`[`(...,drop=FALSE)
[1,]    1
[2,]    2

You cannot override the drop argument when you call it now though, so you might want to use it sparingly and delete when done.

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