[R] levels of factor when subsetting the factor
Peter Dalgaard
p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Tue Sep 12 17:45:07 CEST 2006
"Afshartous, David" <afshart at exchange.sba.miami.edu> writes:
>
> All,
>
> When I take a subset of a factor the reduced factor still maintains all
> the original levels of the factor when say forming the key in a plot.
> The data is correct, but the variable still "remembers" the original
> levels. See below for reproducible code. Does anyone know how to fix
> this?
> cheers,
> dave
>
> fact = as.factor(c(rep("A", 3),rep("B", 3), rep("C", 3)))
> new.fact = fact[1:6]
> > new.fact
> [1] A A A B B B
> Levels: A B C ## should only show A B
Just use
> factor(new.fact)
[1] A A A B B B
Levels: A B
or
> fact[1:6, drop=T]
[1] A A A B B B
Levels: A B
And, no, it is not a bug. The fact that a subsample happens to consist
only of males does not turn gender into a one-level factor... (Apart
from the philosophy, it makes a real difference in tabulation.)
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