# Re: [R] Identifying unique pairs

From: Petr Savicky <savicky_at_praha1.ff.cuni.cz>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2011 15:10:04 +0100

On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 03:20:01AM -0800, Vincy Pyne wrote:
> Dear R helpers
>
> Suppose I have a data frame as given below
>
> mydat = data.frame(x = c(1,1,1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 5, 5, 6), y = c(10, 10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 2, 2, 4))
>
[...]
>
> unique(mydat\$x) will give me 1, 2, 5, 6? i.e. 4 values and
> unique(mydat\$y) will give me 10, 8, 7, 2, 4.
>
> What I need is a data frame where I will get a vector (say) x_new as (1, 2, 2, 5, 6) and corresponding y_new as (10, 8, 7, 2, 4). I need to use these two vectors viz. x_new and y_new seperately for further processing. They may be under same data frame say mydat_new but I should be able to access them as mydat_new\$x_new and similarly for y.
>
> I tried following way.
>
> pp = paste(mydat\$x, mydat\$y)
>
> pp = > pp
> ?[1] "1 10" "1 10" "1 10" "2 8"? "2 8"? "2 8"? "2 7"? "2 7"? "5 2"? "5 2"? "6 4"
>
> qq = unique(pp)
>
> > qq
> [1] "1 10" "2 8"? "2 7"? "5 2"? "6 4"

Hi.

If i understand you correctly, then the solution is easy, since function unique() can handle also rows of a data frame. Is the following, what you expect?

unique(mydat)

x y
1 1 10
4 2 8
7 2 7
9 5 2
11 6 4

Petr Savicky.

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