[R] Randomly sampling subsets of dataframe variable
Hosack, Michael
mhosack at state.pa.us
Fri Mar 12 21:06:13 CET 2010
Fellow R users,
I am stumped on what would seem to be something fairly simple.
I have a dataframe that has a variable named 'WEEK' that takes
the numbers 1:26 (26 week time-period) with each number repeated
five times consecutively (once for each weekday, Monday through
Friday). Ex. 111112222233333.....2626262626. I would like to
randomly extract two weekdays per five day week for each of
26 weeks and store this data as a separate dataframe. I have
been unable to get the sample function to work properly.
I have also tried using the runif function to assign random
numbers to each row of my dataframe, sort the dataframe first
by week number then by random number value, and finally select
the first two elements from each week subset (26 weeks total,
giving 52 randomly selected values). I can't figure out how
to select the first two elements. My goal is to randomly
select two weekdays per week (without replacement) for each of
26 consecutive weeks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Mike
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