[R] How to re-combine values based on an index?

Brian Feeny bfeeny at mac.com
Sun Dec 2 06:06:33 CET 2012

Thank you for your response,  here is a better example of what I am trying to do:

index_setosa <- which(iris$Species == "setosa")
iris_setosa <- data.frame()
iris_setosa[index_setosa,] <-iris[index_setosa,]
iris_others <- data.frame()
iris_others[-index_setosa,] <- iris[-index_setosa,]

So the idea would be that iris_setosa is a dataframe of size 150, with 50 observations of setosa,
using their original same indices, and 100 observations of NA.  Likewise iris_others would be
100 observations of species besides setosa, using their original indices, and there would be 50 NA's.

The above doesn't work.  When I execute it, I am left with iris_setosa having 0 columns, I wish it to have all 
the original columns of iris.

That said, once I get past the above (being able to split them out and keep original indices), I wish to be able to combine
iris_setosa and iris_others so that iris_combined is a data frame with no NA's and all the original data.

Does this make sense?  So I am basically taking a dataframe, splitting it based on some criteria, and working on the two
split dataframes separately, and then I wish to recombine.


So at this point, I have iris_setosa a dataframe of size 
On Dec 1, 2012, at 11:34 PM, William Dunlap wrote:

>> newdataset[testindex] = testset[testindex]
>>  object 'dataset' not found
> Is that really what R printed?  I get
>> newdataset[testindex] = testset[testindex]
>  Error in newdataset[testindex] = testset[testindex] : 
>    object 'newdataset' not found
> but perhaps you have a different problem.  Copy and paste
> (and read) the error message you got.
> Bill Dunlap
> Spotfire, TIBCO Software
> wdunlap tibco.com
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Of Brian Feeny
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>> Subject: [R] How to re-combine values based on an index?
>> I am able to split my df into two like so:
>> dataset <- trainset
>> index <- 1:nrow(dataset)
>> testindex <- sample(index, trunc(length(index)*30/100))
>> trainset <- dataset[-testindex,]
>> testset <- dataset[testindex,-1]
>> So I have the index information, how could I re-combine the data using that back into a
>> single df?
>> I tried what I thought might work, but failed with:
>> newdataset[testindex] = testset[testindex]
>>  object 'dataset' not found
>> newdataset[-testindex] = trainset[-testindex]
>>  object 'dataset' not found
>> Brian
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