[R] Basic question - more efficient method than loop?

Johannes Huesing johannes at huesing.name
Mon Jun 28 18:31:20 CEST 2010

GL <pflugg at shands.ufl.edu> [Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 05:46:13PM CEST]:
> I'm guessing there's a more efficient way to do the following using the index
> features of R. Appreciate any thoughts....

1st thought: ifelse()

> for (i in 1:nrow(dbs1)){
>     if(dbs1$Payor[i] %in% Payor.Group.Medicaid) dbs1$Payor.Group[i] =
> "Medicaid"

within(dbs1, Payor.Group <- ifelse(Payor %in% Payor.Group.Medicaid, "Medicaid",
               ifelse( and so on ))

2nd thought: library(car); ?recode

3rd thought (untested and contrary to the spirit of R): 

lst <- list("Medicare", "Commercial", "Workers.Comp", etc. );

codePayor <- function(lst) {
  if (length(lst) == 0) ""
  else ifelse(dbs1$Payor %in% eval(parse(paste("Payor.Group", lst[[1]], sep="."))),

dbs1$Payor.Group <- codePayor(lst)

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