Re: [R] how to combine two data frames via factors (or somehow else)

From: Sarah Goslee <>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 17:11:08 -0400

merge() should do the trick. Using strings instead of factors works better, though.


On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM, Philipp Chapkovski <> wrote:
> Hello!
> The question should be very naive, but I am a beginner and stuck with
> this unfortunately.
> There is a dataset of people's affiliation to companies that looks
> like that (a data frame actually)
>  x y
> 1 a X
> 2 b X
> 3 c X
> 4 f Z
> 5 e Z
> 6 g Z
> where x is a name of a person and y is a company name. That is, a,b,c
> work in a company X. f,e,g work in a company Z.
> and there is another dataset with the affiliation of companies. Like
> that (much much longer in reality):
>  y1 y2
> 1  X W
> 2  Z W
> that means that both X and Z belongs to the same company W.
> What is the most compact way (without loops etc) to 'attach' the 'head
> company' from the second dataset to the first dataset so I can have
> something like:
>  x  y owner
> 1 a X W
> ...
> 4 f  Z W
> I know it should be done somehow with factors, but I don't know how.
> Thank you in advance!

Sarah Goslee

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