[R] Function to convert categorical variable in numerical

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu May 24 11:36:04 CEST 2007


Whether this makes sense for PCA is another matter: princomp() contains a 
test to stop this happening automatically with a formula argument. One 
problem is the result depends on just how you do the transformation.

On Thu, 24 May 2007, J.Andrés Martínez wrote:

> Hello everybody,
> I am a new R user. At current moment I need to do a Principal Components
> Analysis with a table who contain mixed variables (categorical and
> numerical). There is some function available in R for transform these
> variables?
> For example: I need transform the categorical variable X who has 3 classes
> in 2 numerical variables with 0s and 1s.
> Thank you very much,
> J. Andres
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