runningbirds - 7 months ago 45

R Question

I would like to figure out whether or not each value in my column is a numerical value or a non-numerical value.

`df = data.frame(help = c(456, 'superduper'),`

correct_answer = c("numeric","string"))

I've tried is.numeric or is.character, on a row-by-row basis but this doesnt seem to work as the entire column is coded as a character.

I know this is a basic question, but any help is appreicated.

Answer

My first thought would be to consider if the value can be coerced to a number. E.g.:

```
is.na(as.numeric(as.character(df$help)))
#[1] FALSE TRUE
```

The bonus is that this will work for variations on number formats like `3`

, `3.2`

or even `3e5`