[R] basic help

From: מוטי אסולין <moti_at_hizun.co.il>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 06:59:39 +0200

I am a new R user (used SPSS for many years) and I need help. I have a data frame mydata with 8 variables m2008:m2001 I wanted to add a new variable mydata$firstvalid that tells me what is the first non missing variable for each case (without using for-next). I tried many variations of this:
lst = paste("m",2008:2001,sep="")
mydata$firstvalid = match(FALSE, is.na(mydata[lst]),0) Instead of a different value for each case, I get the same value for all cases - the first non missing value in the whole data frame.
Many thanks,
Moti Assouline    

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