I’d mentioned in the fall that one could use `"["`

in the `apply`

-type functions, like this:

```
id <- c("ZYY-43S-CWA3", "6YU-F4B-VD2I")
sapply(strsplit(id, "-"), "[", 2)
```

I just realized that you can use this with matrices, too. If you have a list of matrices, you can pull out rows and columns with this technique.

```
z <- list(matrix(1:10, nrow=2), matrix(11:20, nrow=2))
lapply(z, "[", 1, )
lapply(z, "[", , 3)
```

As you can see, my data isn’t “tidy.”