[R] table over a matrix dimension...
jgrn at illinois.edu
Thu Jul 10 19:03:30 CEST 2014
I'm trying to determine the frequency of characters for a matrix
applied to a single dimension, and generate a matrix as an output.
I've come up with a solution, but it appears inelegant -- I was
wondering if there is an easier way to accomplish this task:
# Create a matrix of "factors" (characters):
# Applying with the table() function doesn't work properly, because not all rows
# have ALL of the factors, so I get a list output:
# Hacked solution:
unique_values = letters[1:4]
countsmatrix <- t(apply(random_characters,1,function(x,unique_values)
for(i in seq(unique_values))
counts[i] = sum(x==unique_values[i])
# Gets me the output I want but requires two nested loops (apply and
for() ), so
# not efficient for very large datasets.
Is there a more elegant solution to this?
Jonathan A. Greenberg, PhD
Global Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing (GEARS) Laboratory
Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science
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