# New codes() methods

**Jonathan Rougier
**
J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk

*Thu, 4 Nov 1999 11:23:44 +0000 (GMT)*

Hi Everyone,
Can I suggest a couple of new `codes' methods. I know codes is a bit
dodgy (at least, according to the comments in codes.factor), but for what
it's worth I like to extract codes from data frames of factors, for which
the following two functions (which operate recursively) are helpful:
"codes.default" <-
function(x)
{
if (is.list(x))
lapply(x, codes)
else
codes(factor(x))
}
"codes.data.frame" <-
function(x)
{
row.names <- attr(x, "row.names")
data.frame(codes(as.list(x)), row.names = row.names)
}
#### Hence:
lvl <- ordered(c("L", "H"), c("L", "H"))
llist <- rep(list(lvl), 4)
codes(llist) # list of codes
expand.grid(llist) # data frame of factors
codes(expand.grid(llist)) # data frame of codes
The non-list default behaviour is for data frames that mix factors with
other stuff: the usual codes(factor(1:10)) caveat (from the help file)
still applies, of course! Note that using codes on an array will produce
a vector as the dim attribute is lost, eg
codes(matrix(1:12, 3, 4)) # shocking!
but although I toyed with the idea of mapping matrices to data frames in
the default function I thought in the end that this was making a
presumption about the interpretation of the rows and columns that was not
justified. After all, you could still do
codes(as.data.frame(matrix(1:12, 3, 4)))
if the presumption *was* justified.
Cheers, Jonathan.
Jonathan Rougier Science Laboratories
Department of Mathematical Sciences South Road
University of Durham Durham DH1 3LE
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