Re: [R] NA problem when use paste function

From: Lu, Jiang <lu.jjane_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:23:00 -0400

Thank you very much, Dr. Ripley. The solution "ifelse()" you provided is exactly what I want. I am so happy this morning for that I recieved your email. Yesterday night I was trying to write a loop to substitute NA. But now I learn that "ifelse()" does a much more efficient work. Really appreciate your help!

Jiang

On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 1:38 AM, Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Apr 2008, Lu, Jiang wrote:
>
> > Dear R helpers,
> >
> > I was doing a genetic project with two datasets X and Y. There are
> > some IDs in both data sets, and others in either data set. I used
> > "merge(x,y,by="ID",all=TRUE)". The data set Y contains a variable (a
> > genotype) which is also in data X. When I merge X with Y, these two
> > variables were automatically re-named by appending .x and .y to the
> > original variable names. As you can see on the following list, I would
> > like to take whatever available (non-missing non-NA) in X or Y as the
> > final value for the genotype S3Allel1. I used paste() function.
> > However, it converts <NA> to NA as character. Would you please tell me
> > how I can just get the genotype without pasting the NA to it? I
> > checked the document of paste() and noticed that it used
> > as.character() to the vector argument. I guess that is the reason I
> > got "NA" as a string for the new variable I created (S3Allele1).
> >
>
> Please don't 'guess': that is not what as.character does.
>
> Your example is not reproducible (see the footer of this message) and it is
> not clear what the structure is. But <NA> indicates a missing value in a
> factor or unquoted character vector. E.g.
>
> > x <- c("G", "A", "A")
> > y <- rep(NA_character_, 3)
> > data.frame(x, y)
> >
> x y
> 1 G <NA>
> 2 A <NA>
> 3 A <NA>
> > paste(x, y)
> >
> [1] "G NA" "A NA" "A NA"
>
> Here y does contain missing values and paste() converted them to "NA".
> As the help says:
>
> Note that 'paste()' coerces 'NA_character_', the character missing
> value, to '"NA"' which may seem undesirable, e.g., when pasting
> two character vectors, or very desirable, e.g. in 'paste("the
> value of p is ", p)'.
>
> Possibly you want
>
> ifelse(is.na(x), y, x)
>
>
>
> >
> >
> >
> > Should I use any other funtion to avoid this problem? Any insight is
> > appreciated!
> >
> > ID S3Allele1.x S3Allele1.y S3Allele1
> > 1 10003 G <NA> G NA
> > 2 10004 A <NA> A NA
> > 3 10005 A <NA> A NA
> > 4 10006 A <NA> A NA
> > 5 10007 G <NA> G NA
> > 6 10008 A <NA> A NA
> > 7 10009 A <NA> A NA
> > 8 10010 A <NA> A NA
> > 9 10011 A <NA> A NA
> > 10 10013 A <NA> A NA
> > 11 10014 A <NA> A NA
> > 12 10015 A <NA> A NA
> > 13 10016 A <NA> A NA
> > 14 10017 A <NA> A NA
> > 15 10018 A <NA> A NA
> > 16 10019 G <NA> G NA
> > 17 10020 A <NA> A NA
> > 18 10021 G <NA> G NA
> > 19 10022 A <NA> A NA
> > 20 10023 G <NA> G NA
> > 21 10024 G <NA> G NA
> > 22 10025 G <NA> G NA
> > 23 10027 G <NA> G NA
> > 24 10028 G <NA> G NA
> > 25 10029 G <NA> G NA
> > 26 10031 G <NA> G NA
> > 27 10032 A <NA> A NA
> > 28 10033 <NA> NA
> > 29 10035 A <NA> A NA
> > 30 10037 A <NA> A NA
> > 31 10038 <NA> A NA A
> > 32 10039 <NA> A NA A
> >
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