[R] Seeking to Dummify Categorical Variables
bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 3 02:14:21 CEST 2017
Just to be clear...
I can think of no reason to ever "dummify" categorical variables in R.
i.e. **Do not do this.**
Corollary 1: Learn how R's modeling functionality works: ?formula
Corollary 2: Do not try to do it as is done in SAS or SPSS or whatever
(as David already said)
(possible exception: packages that aren't smart enough to use
model.matrix etc. to do this by themselves. Also, do note that this is
intimately related to the issue of contrasts in linear models. See
[nb: I would very much appreciate correction or "adjustment" on my
statement(s) if I am wrong]
"The trouble with having an open mind is that people keep coming along
and sticking things into it."
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On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 3:58 PM, BR_email <br at dmstat1.com> wrote:
> I tried your suggestion, which was not fruitful.
> Another R-helper suggested the code below, which worked perfectly.
> Thanks for your suggestion and time spent.
> obj <- model.matrix( ID ~ Gender+0, data=GENDER )
> cbind(GENDER[ , 1, drop=FALSE], obj[,-3] )
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> Rui Barradas wrote:
>> Try the following.
>> GENDER$Gender_male <- as.integer(GENDER$Gender == "male")
>> GENDER$Gender_female <- as.integer(GENDER$Gender == "female")
>> Hope this helps,
>> Rui Barradas
>> Em 02-04-2017 19:48, BR_email escreveu:
>>> Hi R'ers:
>>> I need a jump start to obtain my objective.
>>> Assistance is greatly appreciated.
>>> #Given Gender Dataset
>>> r1 <- c( 1, 2, 3)
>>> c1 <- c( "male", "female", "NA")
>>> GENDER <- data.frame(r1,c1)
>>> names(d1_3) <- c("ID","Gender")
>>> _OBJECTIVE_: To dummify GENDER,
>>> i.e., to generate two new numeric columns,
>>> Gender_male and Gender_female,
>>> such that:
>>> when Gender="male" then Gender_male=1 and Gender_female=0
>>> when Gender="female" then Gender_male=0 and Gender_female=1
>>> when Gender="NA" then Gender_male=0 and Gender_female=0
>>> So, with the given dataset, the resultant dataset would be as follows:
>>> Desired Extended Gender Dataset
>>> ID Gender Gender_male Gender_female
>>> 1 male 1 0
>>> 2 female 0 1
>>> 3 NA 0 0
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