[R] from character to numeric over multiple columns

From: Federico Calboli <f.calboli_at_imperial.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 21 Jul 2006 - 19:55:16 EST


Hi All,

I have a data frame of three columns, all of which names. The names in the three   cols overlap up to a point, so I might have *Harry* in all three columns,
*Tom* in cols 1 and 3 and *Bob* in col 3 only.

harry	paul	bob
anita	harry	tom
frank	jack	harry
tom	pete	ben

....

I want to turn the names into numbers, BUT I want the numeric code for, say,
*Harry*, to be the same on all columns.

Doing

cbind(as.numeric(col1), as.numeric(col2), as.numeric(col3))

does not work because the factors are different in each column, hence they get a different number even though the name is the same.

Ideas?

Cheers

Federico

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