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The Library of Babel

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The Library of Babel is an extensible collection of ready-made and easily-shortcut-callable source-code blocks for handling common tasks. Org-babel comes pre-populated with the source-code blocks located in this file. It is possible to add source-code blocks from any org-mode file to the library by calling (org-babel-lob-ingest "path/to/file.org").

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To use the Library of Babel,

Plotting code


Plot column 2 (y axis) against column 1 (x axis). Columns 3 and beyond, if present, are ignored.

1 2
2 4
3 9
4 16
5 25


Table/Matrix manipulation

Filtering a table by rows

(defun org-lob-filter-table (table field value)
  (if (and (> (length table) 1)
           (eq (second table) 'hline))
        (first table)
       (org-lob-filter-table (cddr table) field value))
    (delq nil
          (mapcar (lambda (row)
                     ((eq row 'hline) 'hline)
                     ((equal (nth field row) value) row)))

(org-lob-filter-table table field value)

Transposing a matrix

Example usage

1 2 3
4 5 6
1 4
2 5
3 6

Binding tables together by columns

Emacs lisp

(mapcar* 'append a b)


cbind(a, b)

Example usage

Suppose the tables are

1 2 3
7 8 9
4 5 6
10 11 12
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12

The R code block can also cope with column names:

a b c
1 2 3
7 8 9
d e f
4 5 6
10 11 12

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