[R] Fill in empty cell in data.frame from previous value
Jim Lemon
drjimlemon at gmail.com
Sun Jun 25 23:59:02 CEST 2017
That's the kind of help that we like to provide. And for extra marks, you
can write a small function that will deal with consecutive NA values.
Jim
On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:25 AM, Christophe Elek <christophe.elek at gmail.com>
wrote:
> Perfect Jim, that Is exactly what I needed – let me check that ...
>
> Cheers
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> *From: *Jim Lemon <drjimlemon at gmail.com>
> *Sent: *June 25, 2017 3:11 AM
> *To: *Christophe Elek <christophe.elek at gmail.com>
> *Cc: *r-help at r-project.org
> *Subject: *Re: [R] Fill in empty cell in data.frame from previous value
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> Hi Chris,
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> You may know about the *apply family of functions. These slice various
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> data structures and "apply" a specified function to each slice,
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> usually returning a list of return values. As far as I am aware, you
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> can't access adjacent rows unless you reformat the data structure.
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>
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> There is a way to do this particular job. It requires the sequence
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> operator (:), the ifelse function and indexing. What you do is to
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> create a sequence of all the values in the element "names", then
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> subtract 1 for all the NA (or any other specified value) values and
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> use the resulting vector to index the original element "names". It
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> won't work if the first value is NA, nor will it work for more than
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> one NA in a row. I realize that this is pretty obscure, but you said
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> that you didn't just want the solution. It's a one-liner.
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>
> Jim
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>
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> On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 3:49 AM, Christophe Elek
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> <christophe.elek at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Hello Total newbie here... I hope I read the guide properly
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> >
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> > I have the following data.frame (I read it from a CSV file I cannot
> change)
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> >
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> > names val
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> > 1 Mandy 1
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> > 2 2
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> > 3 John 2
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> > 4 2
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> >
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> > I want to read the row number 2, but I want the first column to be
> “Mandy” and not null
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> >
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> > print (frame[2,])
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> > 2 Mandy 2
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> >
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> > I can manipulate the data.frame once loaded
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> > How can I fill all cell in column “names” with the previous value ?
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> > Or is there a function that will get me the row and fill the “names”
> column ?
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> >
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> > NOTA BENE: I do not want the answer, I want to find it myself but I need
> guidance
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> > If there is a function, tell me the library and I will search
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> > If this is an algorithm, tell me generally how you would do and let me
> scratch my head first 😊
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> >
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> > Thanks Chris
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