# [R] Combining all possible values of variables into a new...

Gustaf Rydevik gustaf.rydevik at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 16:32:03 CEST 2008

```On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 4:10 PM,  <stefan.petersson at inizio.se> wrote:
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> I'm trying to create a new column in my data.frame where subjects are categorized depending on values on four other columns. In any other case I would just nest a few ifelse statements, however, in this case i have 4*6*2*3=144 combinations and i get weird 'context overflow' errors. So I wonder if there is a more efficient way of doing this.
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> For illustrational purposes, let's say i have:
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> x<-c(1,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,1)
> y<-c(1,3,2,3,2,1,2,3,2,3)
> z<-c(1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2)
> d<-as.data.frame(cbind(x,y,z))
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> and i do:
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> d\$myvar <- ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==1 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 1,
> ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==1 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 2,
> ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==2 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 3,
> ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==2 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 4,
> ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==3 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 5,
> ifelse(d\$x == 0 & d\$y==3 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 6,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==1 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 7,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==1 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 8,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==2 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 9,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==2 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 10,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==3 & d\$z==1 , d\$myvar <- 11,
> ifelse(d\$x == 1 & d\$y==3 & d\$z==2 , d\$myvar <- 12, NA))))))))))))
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> Suggestions?

x<-c(1,0,0,1,0,0,1,0,0,1)
y<-c(1,3,2,3,2,1,2,3,2,3)
z<-c(1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2)
d<-as.data.frame(cbind(x,y,z))

xyz.comb<-interaction(x,y,z,lex.order=T)
d\$myvar<-match(xyz.comb,levels(xyz.comb))

/Gustaf

Gustaf Rydevik, M.Sci.
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