[R] Calculating First Occurance by a factor
gsargeant at usgs.gov
Wed Apr 1 21:59:34 CEST 2009
pmatch() facilitates a very simple solution:
IA <- factor(c(1,2,2,3,3,4,3,5,5))
FixTime <- c(200,350,500,600,700,850,1200,1350,1500)
#First occurrence of each level
first. <- pmatch(levels(IA),IA)
#Use first occurrence to subscript a vector or data frame
A simple way to apply pmatch across unique combinations of levels of several
factors is to create a new composite factor with paste() and factor(), then
proceed as above.
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