Re: [R] column-wise deletion in data-frames

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 19 Jul 2005 - 00:43:38 EST

On Mon, 18 Jul 2005, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Chuck Cleland <ccleland@optonline.net> writes:
>
>>> data <- as.data.frame(cbind(X1,X2,X3,X4,X5))
>>>
>>> So only X1, X3 and X5 are vars without any NAs and there are some vars (X2 and
>>> X4 stacked in between that have NAs). Now, how can I extract those former vars
>>> in a new dataset or remove all those latter vars in between that have NAs
>>> (without missing a single row)?
>>> ...
>>
>> Someone else will probably suggest something more elegant, but how
>> about this:
>>
>> newdata <- data[,-which(apply(data, 2, function(x){all(is.na(x))}))]
>
> (I think that's supposed to be any(), not all(), and which() is
> crossing the creek to fetch water.)
>
> This should do it:
>
> data[,apply(!is.na(data),2,all)]

If `data' is a data frame, apply will coerce it to a matrix. I would do something like

keep <- sapply(data, function(x) all(!is.na(x))) data[keep]

to use the list-like structure of a data frame and make the fewest possible copies.

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