Np. Those are documented in ?data.table and ?.SD, but it's hard to put the
pieces together.

This is an "update join". The developers have a vignette on joins planned,
but in the meantime, maybe my notes on it can help:
http://franknarf1.github.io/r-tutorial/_book/tables.html#dt-joins

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:01 PM, Bernstein, Elliot J <
ejbernst...@wellington.com> wrote:

> Frank –
>
>
>
> Thank you very much for your help.
>
>
>
> That works, but unfortunately I don’t understand why. I’ve been searching
> the package help and vignettes, but haven’t found an explanation. Is this
> syntax documented somewhere? (Nearly everything about that line is a
> mystery to me: What does it mean to use .SD in the i argument to DT[]? What
> is “on = .(date) doing? And how is “x.y” apparently referring to column “y”
> of y.dt?)
>
>
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>
> - Elliot
>
>
>
> *From:* Frank Erickson [mailto:by.hook...@gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:27 PM
> *To:* Bernstein, Elliot J
> *Cc:* datatable-help@lists.r-forge.r-project.org
> *Subject:* Re: [datatable-help] Rolling Join With Groups in One Table
>
>
>
> You mean
>
>
>
> x.dt[, y := y.dt[.SD, on=.(date), roll=TRUE, x.y]]
>
>
>
> ?
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:18 PM, Bernstein, Elliot J <
> ejbernst...@wellington.com> wrote:
>
> How do I execute a rolling join when one table has groups, and the other
> does not? For example:
>
>
>
> x.dt <- as.data.table(
>
>   expand.grid(date = seq(as.Date("2017-01-01"), as.Date("2017-12-31"),
> "days"),
>
>               group = c("A", "B")
>
>   )
>
> )
>
> x.dt[, x := rnorm(.N)]
>
> setkey(x.dt, group, date)
>
>
>
> y.dt <- data.table(date = seq(as.Date("2017-01-01"),
> as.Date("2017-12-31"), "months"))
>
> y.dt[, y := month(date)]
>
> setkey(y.dt, date)
>
>
>
> result <- y.dt[x.dt, roll = TRUE]
>
>
>
> The last line fails because “group” is part of the key in x.dt, but not
> y.dt:
>
>
>
> Error in bmerge(i, x, leftcols, rightcols, io, xo, roll, rollends,
> nomatch,  :
>
>   typeof x.date (double) != typeof i.group (integer)
>
>
>
> I would like the value of y in each row of the result to be the month
> number (from y.dt), regardless of the value of the group column.
>
>
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>
> - Elliot
>
>
>
>
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