[R] creating a new variable.
istazahn at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 02:32:14 CET 2013
On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Nicole Ford <nicole.ford at me.com> wrote:
> hello, all.
> in my previous research, i have always used existing data. i am trying something new as an exploratory exercise and have never create my own variable form scratch.
> essentially, i am creating a variable for party affiliation.
> here is an example.
> var =party.
> levels= democrat, republican, other.
> respondents will indicate which category they fall under.
> for the sake of ease, i will use small data as an example.
> i was thinking the levels would need to be created first-
> dem <- c(1,1,1,1,0,0,0,0)
> rep <- c(1,1,1,0,0,0,0,0)
> other <- c(1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0)
> then, i could do:
> party <-cbind(den, rep, other)
I don't really understand what you're trying to do. At this point you have
dem rep other
[1,] 1 1 1
[2,] 1 1 0
[3,] 1 1 0
[4,] 1 0 0
[5,] 0 0 0
[6,] 0 0 0
[7,] 0 0 0
[8,] 0 0 0
so observation 1 is a dem, rep, and other, and observation 8 is none
of these. Doesn't really make sense to me.
> par1 <-factor(party)
> this is where i am getting stuck... any thoughts would be appreciated.
Start with a clear idea of what the resulting data should look like.
> i promise this isn't homework. i am trying to understand how i would go about creating variables if i choose to go in this direction in the future... and work out the kinks now.
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