Re: [R] levels of factor when subsetting the factor

From: Douglas Bates <>
Date: Tue 12 Sep 2006 - 15:29:56 GMT

On 9/12/06, Afshartous, David <> wrote:
> All,
> When I take a subset of a factor the reduced factor still maintains all
> the original levels of the factor when say forming the key in a plot.
> The data is correct, but the variable still "remembers" the original
> levels. See below for reproducible code. Does anyone know how to fix
> this?

Use the optional argument "drop = TRUE"

> cheers,
> dave
> fact = as.factor(c(rep("A", 3),rep("B", 3), rep("C", 3)))
> new.fact = fact[1:6]
> > new.fact
> [1] A A A B B B
> Levels: A B C ## should only show A B

> fact[1:6, drop = TRUE]
[1] A A A B B B
Levels: A B mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Wed Sep 13 06:57:44 2006

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