[R] filling values in a vector using smaller vector
Patrick Burns
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Wed Dec 24 10:35:27 CET 2008
I believe the following does what is wanted:
desired <- large
desired[large] <- small
Patrick Burns
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Milton Huang wrote:
> Dear list members:
>
> I am looking for an elegant (or efficient) way to accomplish the following:
>
> take a large boolean vector and fill the TRUE values with the values from a
> smaller boolean vector that has a length that is the number of TRUE values of
> the large vector.
>
> Example:
>
> large<- c(FALSE, FALSE, FALSE, TRUE, FALSE, FALSE, TRUE, FALSE, FALSE, FALSE,
> TRUE, FALSE)
>
> small<- c(TRUE, FALSE, TRUE)
>
> desired output = c(FALSE, FALSE, FALSE, *TRUE*, FALSE, FALSE, *FALSE*, FALSE,
> FALSE, FALSE, *TRUE*, FALSE)
>
> (without the asterisks! )
>
> my first thought as someone new to R was
> ifelse(large,small, large)
>
> but that returns: c(FALSE FALSE FALSE TRUE FALSE FALSE TRUE FALSE FALSE
> FALSE FALSE FALSE) because small is cycled to match the size of large instead
> of the size of the TRUE subset of large.
>
> I am guessing that there is probably a way to do this without writing a loop,
> but I just don't know the syntax.
>
> -mph
>
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