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R for Data Science Cookbook (n)

By : Yu-Wei, Chiu (David Chiu)
Book Image

R for Data Science Cookbook (n)

By: Yu-Wei, Chiu (David Chiu)

Overview of this book

This cookbook offers a range of data analysis samples in simple and straightforward R code, providing step-by-step resources and time-saving methods to help you solve data problems efficiently. The first section deals with how to create R functions to avoid the unnecessary duplication of code. You will learn how to prepare, process, and perform sophisticated ETL for heterogeneous data sources with R packages. An example of data manipulation is provided, illustrating how to use the “dplyr” and “data.table” packages to efficiently process larger data structures. We also focus on “ggplot2” and show you how to create advanced figures for data exploration. In addition, you will learn how to build an interactive report using the “ggvis” package. Later chapters offer insight into time series analysis on financial data, while there is detailed information on the hot topic of machine learning, including data classification, regression, clustering, association rule mining, and dimension reduction. By the end of this book, you will understand how to resolve issues and will be able to comfortably offer solutions to problems encountered while performing data analysis.
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Dropping data

In the previous recipes, we introduced how to revise and filter datasets. Following these steps almost concludes the data preprocessing and preparation phase. However, we may still find some bad data within our dataset. Thus, we should discard this bad data or unwanted records to prevent it from generating misleading results. Here, we introduce some practical methods to remove this unnecessary data.

Getting ready

Refer to the Converting data types recipe and convert each attribute of imported data into the proper data type. Also, rename the columns of the employees and salaries datasets by following the steps from the Renaming the data variable recipe.

How to do it…

Perform the following steps to drop an attribute from the current dataset:

  1. First, you can drop the last_name column by excluding last_name in our filtered subset:

    > employees <- employees[,-5]
  2. Or, you can assign NULL to the attribute you wish to drop:

    > employees$hire_date <- NULL
  3. To drop rows, you can specify...