# [Rd] setdiff for data frames

Charles C. Berry cberry at tajo.ucsd.edu
Tue Dec 11 02:58:57 CET 2007

```On Mon, 10 Dec 2007, G. Jay Kerns wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I have been interested in setdiff() for data frames that operates
> row-wise.  I looked in the documentation, mailing lists, etc., and
> didn't find exactly the right thing.  Given data frames A, B with the
> same columns, the goal is to extract the rows that are in A, but not
> in B.  Of course, one can usually do setdiff(rownames(A), rownames(B))
> but that is cheating.  :-)
>
> I played around a little bit and came up with
>
> setdiff.data.frame = function(A, B){
>     g <-  function( y, B){
>                 any( apply(B, 1, FUN = function(x)
> identical(all.equal(x, y), TRUE) ) ) }
>     unique( A[ !apply(A, 1, FUN = function(t) g(t, B) ), ] )
> }
>
> I am sure that somebody can do this a better/faster way... any ideas?

setdiff.data.frame <-
function(A,B) A[ !duplicated( rbind(B,A) )[ -seq_len(nrow(B))] , ]

This ignores rownames(A) which may not be what is wanted in every case.

HTH,

Chuck

> Any chance we could get a data.frame method for set.diff in future R
> versions? (The notion of "set" is somewhat ambiguous with respect to
> rows, columns, and entries in the data frame case.)
>
>
> Jay
>
>
> P.S. You can see what I'm looking for with
>
> A <- expand.grid( 1:3, 1:3 )
> B <- A[ 2:5, ]
> setdiff.data.frame(A,B)
>
>
>
>
>
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