[R] Fill in NA values in vector with previous character/factor

From: Owen Jones <owen.jones_at_imperial.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:10:34 +0100


I have a vector of data (species names) interspersed with NA values and I want a function to "fill in the blanks", replacing NA values with whatever the last species name was.

For example the vector:

  "A","B",NA,NA,"C",NA,NA,NA,NA,"D",NA,NA.

should evaluate to:

"A" "B" "B" "B" "C" "C" "C" "C" "C" "D" "D" "D"

I tried to use rle() in a function to do this but have hit a brick wall.

How would YOU do this?

Many thanks,

Owen



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