[R] ftable: how to replace NA and format entries without changing their mode?

From: Marius Hofert <m_hofert_at_web.de>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 13:19:30 +0200

Dear all,

another ftable problem, now related to formatC. One typically would like to format entries in an ftable (adjust digits, replace NA, ...) before format() is applied to convert the formatted ftable to an object which xtable can deal with. The output of xtable can then be used within a LaTeX table.

The problem I face is that the ftable entries [numeric] change their mode when one of the operations "adjust digits" or "replace NA" is applied. Here is a minimal example:

## first adjusting the format, then trying to remove NA
(ft <- ftable(Titanic)) # ftable

ft[1,1] <- NA # create an NA entry to show the behavior

is.numeric(ft) # => is numeric
ft. <- formatC(ft, digits=1, format="f") # adjust format 
is.numeric(ft.) # => not numeric anymore => one can not further use is.na() etc.
ft.[is.na(ft.)] <- "my.Command.To.Deal.With.NA" # does not work because is.na() does not find NA
ft. # (of course) still contains NA

## first remove NA, then trying to adjust the format
(ft <- ftable(Titanic)) # ftable

ft[1,1] <- NA
ft[is.na(ft)] <- "my.LaTeX.Code.To.Deal.With.NA" is.character(ft) # => now character, adjusting the format of the numbers with formatC not possible anymore ft
formatC(ft, digits=1, format="f") # (of course) not working anymore

How can I accomplish both (example-)tasks without changing the mode of the ftable entries?
Note: I would like to keep the ftable structure since this nicely converts to a LaTeX table later on.



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