Create an empty R-object according to a given HDF5 datatype

create_empty(nelem, dtype)



The number of elements to use for the object


The datatype based on which an empty R-object should be created


An empty R object corresponding to the datatype that was passed in


With complex datatypes it can be useful to have a template that can be used so that the data input into a dataset conforms to expectations.

Given a datatype, this function creates an object of length nelem. Here, an empty datatype refers to objects with value 0 for numeric objects and empty strings.