[R] Missing values?

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Oct 20 09:15:57 CEST 2002

On Sat, 19 Oct 2002, Matej Cepl wrote:

> Simple question: I have imported a table from SPSS via read.spss,
> but I have not figured out how to tell R that values 8,9 are
> considered NA.
> After reading help, I thought that something like
> is.na(data$P4)<-c(8,9)
> would go, but apparently it doesn't (mean gives the same value
> without regards to na.rm).

That sets NA values alternately to 8 and 9.  Try

P4[P4 %in% c(8, 9)] <- NA

assuming P4 is a numeric vector.

There's a section on `Re-coding Missing Values' in MASS4 that elaborates
on this.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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