# [R] organizing data in a matrix avoiding loop

A M Lavezzi mario.lavezzi at unipa.it
Fri May 26 18:40:06 CEST 2017

```Dear Sarah
thank you very much. I used "crosstab" and it worked,

All the best
Mario

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 2:15 PM, Sarah Goslee <sarah.goslee at gmail.com>
wrote:

> There are various ways to do this. It shouldn't take forever as a loop,
> with only 215 entries.
>
> I find crosstab() from the ecodist package helpful. The current version is
> on GitHub, but not yet CRAN (soon!).
>
> Sarah
>
> On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:47 AM A M Lavezzi <mario.lavezzi at unipa.it>
> wrote:
>
>> Dear R-Users
>>
>> I have data on bilateral trade flows among countries in the following
>> form:
>>
>>
>>       iso_o iso_d year FLOW
>> 1   ABW   AFG 1985   NA
>> 2   ABW   AFG 1986   NA
>> 3   ABW   AFG 1987   NA
>> 4   ABW   AFG 1988   NA
>> 5   ABW   AFG 1989   NA
>> 6   ABW   AFG 1990   NA
>>
>> where:
>> iso_o: code of country of origin
>> iso_d: code of country of destination
>> year: 1985:2015
>> FLOW: amount of trade (values are "NA", 0s, or positive numbers)
>
>
>
>> I have 215 countries. I would like to create a 215x215 matrix , say M, in
>> which element M(i,j) is the total trade between countries i and j between
>> 1985 and 2015 (i.e. the sum of annual amounts of trade).
>>
>> After collecting the country codes in a variable named "my_iso", I can
>> obtain M in a straightforward way using a loop such as:
>>
>> for (i in my_iso){
>>   for(j in my_iso)
>>     if(i!=j){
>>       M[seq(1:length(my_iso))[my_iso==i],seq(1:length(my_iso))[
>> my_iso==j]]
>> <-
>>     }
>> }
>>
>> However, it takes ages.
>>
>> Is there a way to avoid these loops?
>>
>> Mario
>>
>>
>> --
>> Andrea Mario Lavezzi
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>> Università di Palermo
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Andrea Mario Lavezzi
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Università di Palermo
Piazza Bologni 8
90134 Palermo, Italy
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