Re: [R] Maintaining factors when copying from one data frame to another

From: Tobias Verbeke <tobias.verbeke_at_telenet.be>
Date: Thu 08 Dec 2005 - 05:04:15 EST

Kurt Wollenberg wrote:

>Greetings all:
>
>OK, this is bugging the @#@%* out of me. I know the answer is simple
>and straightforward but for the life of me I cannot find it in the
>documentation, in the archives, or in my notes (because I know I've
>encountered this in the past). My problem is:
>
>I have a data frame with columns A, B, C, D, and E. A, B, and E are
>factors and C and D are numeric. I need a new data frame with just A,
>C, and D. When I copy these columns to a new data frame
>
>
>
>>newDF <- data.frame(cbind(oldDF$A, oldDF$C, oldDF$D))
>>
>>
>
>all the factor data comes out as levels rather than the original
>factors. How do I preserve the factors when I copy from one data frame
>to another?
>
>
>
The following may be better:

newDF <- subset(oldDF, select = c(A, C, D))

HTH,
Tobias



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