[R] removing duplicate rows

Jim Bouldin jrbouldin at ucdavis.edu
Wed May 12 02:07:30 CEST 2010

I'm trying to identify and remove rows in a data frame that are duplicated
only on particular columns within it (i.e. not on all columns).  The
"unique" function looks for uniqueness across all columns of a data frame.
 Identifying unique rows based only on specific columns of interest returns
only those columns, not all of the columns in the original frame.  I tried
this, and then added an identifier column to this truncated data frame, and
then tried merging this with the original data frame and selecting only
those rows container the identifier.  But this did not work no matter how
the arguments were altered: all records were returned instead of the
uniques.  Completely stumped--any help appreciated. Thanks.

Jim Bouldin, PhD
Research Ecologist
Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Davis CA, 95616

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