[R] using the function unique(), but asking it to ignore a column of a data.frame

hadley wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 15:28:23 CEST 2007

On 7/9/07, Andrew Yee <yee at post.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Take for example the following data.frame:
> a<-c(1,1,5)
> b<-c(3,2,3)
> c<-c(5,1,5)
> sample.data.frame<-data.frame(a=a,b=b,c=c)
> I'd like to be able to use unique(sample.data.frame), but have
> unique() ignore column a when determining the unique elements.
> However, I figured that this would be setting for incomparables=, but
> it appears that this funcationality hasn't been incorporated.  Is
> there a work around for this, i.e. to be able to get unique to only
> look at selected columns of a data frame?

unique(df[,c("a","c")]) ?


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