[R] How to replace Inf by zero?

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Fri May 29 15:57:57 CEST 2009

Dear Marlene,

Have a look at is.infinite(). Replacing them by zero is not a very
bright idea if you want the mean of the resulting vector. Have a look at
the example below.

#create a vector
x <- rnorm(100, mean = 1000)
#replace 20 values with Inf
x[sample(seq_along(x), 20, replace = FALSE)] <- Inf

#replace Inf with zero
y <- x
y[is.infinite(y)] <- 0
#replace inf with NA
x[is.infinite(x)] <- NA
mean(x, na.rm = TRUE)



ir. Thierry Onkelinx
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Namens marlene marchena
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Onderwerp: [R] How to replace Inf by zero?

Hi R users,

Someone knows how to replace Infinite value by zero. I have a vector
with some Inf value and I want to substitute these values by zero to get
the mean of the components of the vector.

Any idea?

Many thanks,


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