[R] Recoding lists of categories of a variable
Margaret.MacDougall at ed.ac.uk
Mon Oct 10 22:38:29 CEST 2016
Thank you for the valued suggestions in response to my query.
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From: Fox, John [mailto:jfox at mcmaster.ca]
Sent: 10 October 2016 20:32
To: MACDOUGALL Margaret <Margaret.MacDougall at ed.ac.uk>
Cc: r-help at r-project.org
Subject: RE: Recoding lists of categories of a variable
You've had one suggestion of an alternative for recoding variables, but in addition your code is in error (see below).
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> The R code
> mydata$newvar[oldvar = "topic1"] <- "parenttopic"
That should be
mydata$newvar[oldvar == "topic1"] <- "parenttopic"
Moreover, the code assumes that oldvar is visible, which may not be the case if it lives in mydata and mydata isn't attach()ed.
John Fox, Professor
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
> is intended to recode the category 'topic 1' of the old varaible
> 'oldvar' a new category label 'parenttopic' by defining the new
> variable 'newvar'.
> Is there a convenient way to edit this code to allow me to recode a
> list of categories 'topic 1', 'topic 9' and 'topic 14', say, of the
> the old variable 'oldvar' as 'parenttopic' by means of the new
> variable 'newvar', while also mapping system missing values to system
> missing values?
> Thanks in advance
> Best wishes
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