[R] nested if/else very slow, more efficient ways?

From: Kim Milferstedt <milferst_at_uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon 23 Oct 2006 - 22:03:47 GMT


in the data.frame "resultsfuzzy" I would like to replace the characters in the second column ("5a", "5b", ... "5e") with numbers from 1 to 5. The data.frame has 39150 entries. I seems to work on samples that are << nrow(resultsfuzzy) but it takes suspicously long.

Do you have any suggestions how to make the character replacing more efficient?


for (i in 1:nrow(resultsfuzzy))
if (resultsfuzzy[i,2] == "5a"){resultsfuzzy[i,2] <- 1} else

     if (resultsfuzzy[i,2] == "5b"){resultsfuzzy[i,2] <- 2} else
         if (resultsfuzzy[i,2] == "5c"){resultsfuzzy[i,2] <- 3} else
             if (resultsfuzzy[i,2] == "5d"){resultsfuzzy[i,2] <- 4} else
                 resultsfuzzy[i,2] <- 5





platform i386-pc-mingw32

arch     i386
os       mingw32

system i386, mingw32
major 2
minor 2.1
year 2005
month 12
day 20
svn rev 36812
language R

Kim Milferstedt
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 4125 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory 205 North Mathews Avenue MC-250
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