[R] Sorting a matrix in an odd way

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From: Andy Bunn (abunn@montana.edu)
Date: Tue 13 May 2003 - 14:18:18 EST


Message-id: <000201c31906$c1ab8f10$d4a00ecf@simATE>

Hi, I have a matrix not unlike this:

foo <- matrix(,5,5)
foo[5,1] <- 1
foo[1:3,2] <- 1
foo[3:4,3] <- 1
foo[4:5,4] <- 1
foo[2:4,5] <- 1
foo
     [,1] [,2] [,3] [,4] [,5]
[1,] NA 1 NA NA NA
[2,] NA 1 NA NA 1
[3,] NA 1 1 NA 1
[4,] NA NA 1 1 1
[5,] 1 NA NA 1 NA

I want to get a vector that is the column numbers as sorted by the first
non-NA value.
Like this:
2,5,3,4,1

I have been able to do this by adding an index and looping the matrix by
column. Can anybody think of a cleverer way to do this?

Thanks, as always, in advance.

Andy

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