[R] Vectorized expression to extrapolate matrix columns with columns of another matrix

Abiel X Reinhart abiel.x.reinhart at jpmchase.com
Tue May 11 22:48:04 CEST 2010

I have two identically sized matrices of data that represent time series (I am storing the data in zoo objects, but the idea should apply to any matrix of data). The time series in the second matrix extend further than in the first matrix, and I would like to use the data in matrix 2 to extrapolate the data in matrix 1. In other words, if mat1[i,j] == NA, then mat1[i,j] <- mat1[i-1, j]*mat2[i,j]/mat2[i-1,j]. Of course, before we can calculate mat1[i,j] we may need to calculate mat1[i-1,j], and that in turn may require the computation of mat1[i-2,j], etc. This could all clearly be done with loops, but I am wondering if anyone can think of a vectorized expression or other efficient method that would work.

Thanks very much.

Abiel Reinhart
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