mutate_all(), select_if(), summarise_at()... what's the deal with scoped verbs?!

What's the deal with these mutate_all(), select_if(), summarise_at(), functions? They seem so useful, but there doesn't seem to be a decent explanation of how to use them anywhere on the internet. Turns out, they're called 'scoped verbs' and hopefully this post will become one of many decent explanations of how to use them!

Rebecca Barter

A quick useful aside: Using shorthand for functions The _if() scoped variant: perform an operation on variables that satisfy a logical criteria select_if() rename_if() mutate_if() summarise_if() The _at() scoped variant: perform an operation only on variables specified by name Select helpers rename_at() mutate_at() summarise_at() The _all() scoped variant: perform an operation on all variables at once rename_all() mutate_all() summarise_all() Conclusion I often find myself wishing that I could apply the same mutate function to several columns in a data frame at once, such as convert all factors to characters, or do something to all columns that have missing values, or select all variables whose names end with _important.