Returns the first/last item of a vector or list, or the first/last row of a data.frame or data.table. The main difference to head/tail is that the default for n is 1 rather than 6.

first(x, n=1L, ...)
last(x, n=1L, ...)

## Arguments

x A vector, list, data.frame or data.table. Otherwise the S3 method of xts::first is deployed. A numeric vector length 1. How many items to select. Not applicable for data.table first/last. Any arguments here are passed through to xts's first/last.

## Value

If no other arguments are supplied it depends on the type of x. The first/last item of a vector or list. The first/last row of a data.frame or data.table. For other types, or if any argument is supplied in addition to x (such as n, or keep in xts) regardless of x's type, then xts::first/ xts::last is called if xts has been loaded, otherwise utils::head/utils::tail.

NROW, head, tail
first(1:5) # [1] 1#> [1] 1x = data.table(x=1:5, y=6:10)
#> 1: 5 10