[R] Reshape package: Casting data to form a grid

xavier.chardon at free.fr xavier.chardon at free.fr
Tue Aug 18 14:01:22 CEST 2009


You can't use cast directly on your dataframe. You need to use the melt function before, and use cast on its result.
Very good examples are provided in the doc of the package:

Also, you need to provide one formula (not several as in your code), something like:
OrigLat ~ Longitude + variable
(Or maybe something slightly different depending on what you want to do.

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De: "Steve Murray" <smurray444 at hotmail.com>
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Objet: [R] Reshape package: Casting data to form a grid

Dear R Users,

I'm trying to use the 'cast' function in the 'reshape' package to convert column-format data to gridded-format data. A sample of my dataset is as follows:

  Latitude Longitude Temperature OrigLat  p-value Blaney
1      -90    -38.75          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA
2      -90    135.75          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA
3      -90     80.25          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA
4      -90     95.75          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA
5      -90     66.75          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA
6      -90     75.75          NA  -87.75 17.10167     NA

I'm attempting to form a grid based on the OrigLat, Longitude and Blaney columns, to form the rows, columns and values of the new grid respectively.

The command I've been using is:

cast_test <- cast(finalframe, finalframe$OrigLat~variable, finalframe$Longitude~variable, finalframe$Blaney~variable)
Error: Casting formula contains variables not found in molten data: finalframe$OrigLat, variable

And I've tried removing the ~variable suffixes:

cast_test <- cast(finalframe, finalframe$OrigLat, finalframe$Longitude, finalframe$Blaney)
Error: Casting formula contains variables not found in molten data: -87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75-87.75 [etc etc]

I'm not sure how to get round this error, nor what the 'molten data' is that the error is referring to. I'm assuming it means the data frame presented above, yet the variables are clearly present!

Any help or advice on this would be most welcomed.

Many thanks,



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