# Re: [R] multiple bases to decimal (was: comparing two matrices)

From: jim holtman <jholtman_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun 21 Jan 2007 - 14:30:23 GMT

>
> Hi again,
>
> I was contemplating the solution using base 3:
> set.seed(3)
> mat2 <- matrix(sample(0:2, 15, replace=T), 5, 3)
>
> Extracting the line numbers is simple:
> bases <- c(3, 3, 3)^(2:0) # or just 3^(2:0)
> colSums(apply(mat2, 1, function(x) x*bases)) + 1
> [1] 7 23 25 8 1
>
> The problem is sometimes the columns have different number of levels, as in:
> mat1 <- expand.grid(0:2, 0:2, 0:1)[,3:1]
>
> Is there any chance to combine different bases in order to obtain the
> corresponding line numbers?
> I thought of something like:
> bases <- c(3, 3, 2)^(2:0)
>
> but it doesn't work (sigh).
>
> Thanks for any hint,
>
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