Pavan Ebbadi - 2 months ago 19

R Question

I have R data.table

There are 25 columns, 1st column is ID, 24 columns are integer variables. There are close to 1Million rows. How do i convert all these non-zero values to 1

`Custid A B C`

123 0 8 0

124 0 0 6

Should become

`Custid A B C`

123 0 1 0

124 0 0 1

Answer

An efficient option is the `set`

function which replace in place. Loop through the columns using a `for`

loop and `set`

the 'value' to 1 where the element is not equal to 0 by specifying the 'i' and 'j' index.

```
for(j in 2:ncol(dt)){
set(dt, i= which(dt[[j]]!=0), j=j, value =1)
}
dt
# Custid A B C
#1: 123 0 1 0
#2: 124 0 0 1
```