[R] Odp: random sampling with levels and with replacement

Petr PIKAL petr.pikal at precheza.cz
Fri Apr 8 11:11:01 CEST 2011


r-help-bounces at r-project.org napsal dne 08.04.2011 09:31:44:

> Dear all,
> i have a dataset of about 400 records , with a variable that has  two 
> 40 bad and 360 good among other variables,how do i come up  with10 
> samples that have the composition of as the main sample  but maintaining 
> 40 bad 360 good with replacement, i recently discovered that my random 
> generated dont maintain the ratio. My code is as  :
> mysample <- final[sample(1:nrow(final), 400,replace=TRUE),] 
> does not give me the ratio of 40 bad and 360 good can anyone give me 
> pointers please?

If you sample 400 items with replacement 400 times you will only 
accidentally get exact proportion of good and bad. Consider that in each 
sample your chance to get bad one is 40/360 but it does not mean that from 
400 random picks you will get exactly 40 bad items.

If you just want shuffle your rows use sampling without replacement.

mysample <- final[sample(1:nrow(final), 400),] 

In that case you get the same data but with random row order.

But if you want to do sample with replacement you will get on average the 
proportion of good and bad items. You can check it e.g. by

x<-c(rep("g", 360), rep("b",40))
res<-rep(NA, 1000)
for( i in 1:1000) {

y<-table(sample(x,400, replace=T))
abline(v=40/360, col=2)


> Thanks,
> Taby
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