# [R] Cross tabulation with fixed dimensions

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Mar 5 17:48:45 CET 2010

```Those are numerical, not factors.  If they were factors all levels
would be represented.

> a <- factor(c(1,2,3,4,5), levels = 1:5)
> b <- factor(c(1,2,5,5,6), levels = 1:6)
> table(a, b)
b
a   1 2 3 4 5 6
1 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 1 0
4 0 0 0 0 1 0
5 0 0 0 0 0 1

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM, Tarmo Remmel <remmelt at yorku.ca> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> This is a seemingly simple task, but it has been frustrating me for too
> long, so I am turning to this list for some help.
>
> I have two vectors of factors which are quite long; two simple examples are
> shown here:
>
>> a <- c(1,2,3,4,5)
>> b <- c(1,2,5,5,6)
>
> If I produce a cross-tabulation of these vectors, I get the following:
>
>> tab <- table(a,b)
>
>> table(a,b)
>   b
> a   1 2 5 6
>  1 1 0 0 0
>  2 0 1 0 0
>  3 0 0 1 0
>  4 0 0 1 0
>  5 0 0 0 1
>
> I really want to have this cross-tabulation expanded to include all factors
> present in the input data.  Thus, I need additional columns for categories 3
> and 4, and a row for category 6, albeit, they will be filled with zeros.  Is
> there an easy way of doing this?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Tarmo
>
>
>
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