[R] Resources for optimizing code
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Nov 5 19:17:07 CET 2004
On Fri, 5 Nov 2004, Roger Bivand wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Nov 2004, Janet Elise Rosenbaum wrote:
> > I want to eliminate certain observations in a large dataframe (21000x100).
> > I have written code which does this using a binary vector (0=delete obs,
> > 1=keep), but it uses for loops, and so it's slow and in the extreme it
> > causes R to hang for indefinite time periods.
> > I'm looking for one of two things:
> > 1. A document which discusses how to avoid for loops and situations in
> > which it's impossible to avoid for loops.
> > or
> > 2. A function which can do the above better than mine.
> newdata <- subset(DATAFRAME, asst==1)
> which will work whether DATAFRAME is a matrix or data.frame (two different
Sorry, not for matrices:
> A <- matrix(1:20, 5)
> asst <- c(1,0,0,1,0)
> subset(A, asst)
 1 4 6 9 11 14 16 19
Maybe it should, but in biggish problems like this it is almost certainly
a bit more efficient to use the bare tools, that is indexing.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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