frc - 1 year ago 117
R Question

# Get indices of rows whose elements equal x at all columns indicated by a vector, in R

Let us have a matrix

M
, e.g.

> M
[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4]
[1,] 15 0 0 9
[2,] 0 1 8 24
[3,] 4 0 0 0
[4,] 3 2 0 0
[5,] 0 0 56 0

a vector of its column indices
ind
, e.g.

> ind=c(2,4)
> ind
[1] 2 4

and a value
x
, e.g.
x=0
.

How to get the indices of rows of matrix
M
, whose elements at all columns indicated by
ind
are equal to
x
?

The following code returns proper row indices:

> which(M[,2]==0 & M[,4]==0)
[1] 3 5

but I need a solution that will use a vector
ind
, possibly very long. I tried:

> which(M[,ind]==0)
[1] 1 3 5 8 9 10

but instead I got the entries which have zeros in either of the columns indicated by
ind
, not in all of them at the same time.

rowSums(M[, ind] == 0) == length(ind)
# [1] FALSE FALSE  TRUE FALSE  TRUE

Let's break the code down step-by-step:

• M[, ind] == 0 - get a logical matrix showing where M[, ind] is zero
• rowSums(.) - determine how many TRUE values are in each row
• . == length(ind) - compare it to the number of columns used

And if you need the numeric indices, wrap it in which().

which(rowSums(M[, ind] == 0) == length(ind))
# [1] 3 5

Data:

M <- structure(c(15L, 0L, 4L, 3L, 0L, 0L, 1L, 0L, 2L, 0L, 0L, 8L,
0L, 0L, 56L, 9L, 24L, 0L, 0L, 0L), .Dim = c(5L, 4L), .Dimnames = list(
NULL, c("V1", "V2", "V3", "V4")))
ind <- c(2, 4)
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