[R] Simple table generation question

natekupp natekupp at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 16:05:48 CEST 2007

Hey all,

I'm doing some work with machine learning on R (I'm a fairly new user of R),
and I have a question about generating new tables from existing tables.  I'm
currently using a table of measurements I read in from a CSV file to
generate training and validation data set tables for future use in a machine
learning algorithm using the code:

#generate probabilities to divide up training / validation data sets
device_Prob_Vector <- runif(num_Devices)

#NULL-initialize training and validation sets.  This seems like a bit of a
training_Set <- measurements[0]
validation_Set <- measurements[0]

#divide up the training and validation data sets from measurements.
for ( i in 1:num_Devices)
     	if ( device_Prob_Vector[i] > 0.5 )
     		training_Set <- rbind(training_Set, measurements[i,])
     		validation_Set <- rbind(validation_Set, measurements[i,])

This code works correctly, but takes quite a long time to execute.  I
suspect this is because rbind() is dynamically resizing the tables as it
adds new rows to each table of data.  Is there a way to pre-allocate memory
for each of the two tables, and then shrink them after the loop has
completed?  Thanks for the help.

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