[R] loop for a large database

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sun Feb 26 17:54:51 CET 2012

On Feb 26, 2012, at 7:13 AM, mari681 wrote:

> Yes, I am a newbie.
> I have a data.frame (MyTable) of  1445846  rows and  15  columns with
> character data.
> And a character vector (MyVector) of 473491 elements.
> I want simply to get a data.frame with the count of how many times  
> each
> element of MyVector appears in MyTable.
> I've tried a loop with : for (i in 1 : length (myvector))  sum  
> (MyTable== i)

In that instance "i" is a number and probably would not be matching  
something that was a character vector.

> but it crashes my computer.
> I've also tried something like
> x <- 1 : length (MyVector)
> apply (MyTable , 1 , function(x) {sum (MyTable ==x)}
> but doesn't work.
> Any idea?
> Thank you. AAAAAny suggestion is super welcome.

Since you never offered the requested information about your objects,  
this is guesswork. If MyVector is one of the 15 columns in MyTable  
then this will have good chance:


If on the other hand they are separate and you want to ignore the  
elements not in MyVector, then assign the value of a table operation  
and then use match() to pick out the tabulated values

In the future, please al least offer the results of str(MyTable).


David Winsemius, MD
Heritage Laboratories
West Hartford, CT

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