[Rd] best way to extract this meaningful data from a table

Kasper Daniel Hansen kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 03:57:54 CET 2013

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I would try
  sapply(strsplit(loaded.topics$doc.id, "_"), function(xx) xx[1])
to get the MD part.


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM, bryan rasmussen
<rasmussen.bryan at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a table with a structure like the following:
> lang | basic id | doc id | topics|
> se  | 447157 | MD_2002_0014 |12 |
> loaded topics <- read.table("path to file",header=TRUE, sep="|",
> fileEncoding="utf-8")
> In that table the actual meaningful data (in this context) is the text
> before the first underscore in doc id which is the document type ( for
> example MD as above), and topics.
> However topics can have more than one value in it, multiple values are
> comma separated, if there is no actual topic I have a 0 although I can
> also have an empty column if I want.
> So what I want is the best way to extract the meaningful data - the
> comma separated values of each topics column and the actual document
> type so that I can start to do reports of how many documents of type X
> have no topics, median number of topics per document type etc.
> Do I have to loop through the table and build a new table up with the
> info I want, or is there a smarter way to do it?
> If a smarter way, what is that smarter way.
> Thanks,
> Bryan Rasmussen
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