[R] Another way to count TRUE

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 7 20:09:43 CEST 2017

Bad idea!

In R3.3.3 it doesn't even work:

> y1 <- tabulate(x,1)
Error in tabulate(x, 1) : 'bin' must be numeric or a factor

## This does:
>  y1 <- tabulate(as.integer(x),1)

But it's more inefficient than just using sum(), even discounting the
as.integer() conversion:

> y1 <- tabulate(as.integer(x),1)
> y2 <- sum(x)
> identical(y1,y2)
[1] TRUE

> xx <- as.integer(x)
> system.time(replicate(12,tabulate(xx,1)))
   user  system elapsed
  2.488   0.003   2.491
> system.time(replicate(12,sum(x)))
   user  system elapsed
  0.626   0.001   0.627

Were you simply unaware of sum() or was there some other reason for
your recommendation?


Bert Gunter

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On Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 9:33 AM, Suharto Anggono Suharto Anggono via
R-help <r-help at r-project.org> wrote:
> To get the number of TRUE in logical vector 'x',
> tabulate(x, 1)
> can be used. Actually, it gives count of 1, but TRUE as integer is 1. Since R 3.4.0, it gives a correct answer, too, when the count is 2^31 or more.
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