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Exploding date range as row is R

I have a data set of the form:

df <- data.frame(var1 = c('1976-07-04' , '1980-07-04' , '1984-07-04' ),
var2 = c('d', 'e', 'f'),
freq = 1:3)

I can expand this data.frame very quickly using indexing by:

df.expanded <- df[rep(seq_len(nrow(df)), df$freq), ]

I however want to have create a sequence instead of a replicate on the date and have the freq tell me the length of the this. i.e for row 3 i can create the entries to fill the exploded data.frame with:

seq(as.Date('1984-7-4'), by = 'days', length = 3)

Can anyone suggest a fast method for doing this? My method is to use various lapply functions to do this

I used a combination of Gavin Simpson's answer and a previous idea for my solution.

ExtendedSeq <- function(df, freq.col, date.col, period = 'month') {
#' An R function to take a data fame that has a frequency col and explode the
#' the dataframe to have that number of rows and based on a sequence.
#' Args:
#' df: A data.frame to be exploded.
#' freq.col: A column variable indicating the number of replicates in the
#' new dataset to make.
#' date.col: A column variable indicating the name or position of the date
#' variable.
#' period: The periodicity to apply to the date.

# Replicate expanded data form
df.expanded <- df[rep(seq_len(nrow(df)), df[[freq.col]]), ]

DateExpand <- function(row, df.ex, freq,, period) {
#' An inner functions to explode a data set and build out days sequence
#' Args:
#' row: Each row of a data set
#' df.ex: A data.frame, to expand
#' freq: Column indicating the number of replicates to make.
#' date: Column indicating the date variable
#' Output:
#' An exploded data set based on a sequence expansion of a date.
times <- df.ex[row, freq]
# period <- can edit in the future if row / data driven.
date.ex <- seq(df.ex[row,], by = 'days', length = times)

dates <- lapply(seq_len(nrow(df)),
FUN = DateExpand,
df.ex = df,
freq = freq.col, = date.col,
period = period)

df.expanded[[date.col]] <- as.Date(unlist(dates), origin = '1970-01-01')
row.names(df.expanded) <- NULL

Personally i dont like the way i need to covert the dates back from the list and supply an origin based on this conversion in case this changes in teh future, but i really appreciate the ideas and help

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