[R] Dividing by 0

Robert Baer rbaer at atsu.edu
Thu Jul 24 19:24:59 CEST 2008

> I'm trying to calculate the percent change for a time-series variable.
> Basically the first several observations often look like this,
> x <- c(100, 0, 0, 150, 130, 0, 0, 200, 0)
> and then later in the life of the variable they're are generally no more
> 0's.  So when I try to calculate the percent change from one observation 
> to
> the next, I end up with a lot of NA/Nan/INF, and sometimes 0's which is 
> what
> I want, in the beginning.
> I know I can use x <- na.omit(x), and other forms of this, to get rid of
> some of these errors.  But I would rather use some kind of function that
> would by defult give a 0 while dividing by zero so that I don't lose the
> observation, which is what happens when I use na.omit.

Well, this is not an error but proper behavior in the world of math that I 

 However, to get what you want you could try

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