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Let's say I have a list like this:

x = list(list(1,2), list(3,4), list(5,6))

I would like a list that contains only the first elements of the nested list. I can do this by returning another list like so

x1 = lapply(x, function(l) l[[1]])

Is there shortcut notation for this?

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To select only the first element of a nested list, you can do the following:

x = list(list(1,2), list(3,4), list(5,6))

lapply(x, `[[`, 1)


[1] 1


[1] 3


[1] 5

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