[R] removing NA values from data frame & identification function

Ben Bolker ben at zoo.ufl.edu
Thu Apr 20 04:14:22 CEST 2000

On Wed, 19 Apr 2000, Faheem Mitha wrote:

> Dear people,
> 1) I have a data frame with named columns.For concreteness, let us say
> that I created a data frame from the vectors fee, fi fo, fum by
> giant.df <- cbind(fee, fi, fo, fum)
> Now, some of the entries in fee, fi fo fum are NAs. I want to remove any
> row which contains a NA, thus creating a new, smaller data frame, with the
> same column names. This seems like something people would need to do all
> the time, but I have been unable to think of a clean way to do it.


clean.df <- giant.df[apply(giant.df,1,function(z)all(!is.na(z))),]

 would do what you wanted?

 Or, slightly more tersely,


> Actually, I'm trying to do this because step and stepAIC don't seem to
> happy with handling glm objects constructed from data sets containing
> NAs. It would be even cooler if this could be done at the level of
> read.table, but I don't see a way to do this.

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