Justyna S. Justyna S. - 17 days ago 4
R Question

Counting rows in data.table that meet a condition

I have the following table

DT = data.table(x=rep(c("a","b","c"),each=3), y=c(1,3,6), v=rep(4:6, 3))


I want to count how many rows meet the condition (
y==3 & v==5
).

I can get the rows that meet the condition, so I could save them and then count the rows. However, I know it can be done more efficiently with
.N
, I just don't know how. My code:

require(data.table)
keycols = c("y","v")
setkeyv(DT,keycols)

DT[J(3,5)] # This gets the subset I am interested in

DT[ , `:=` (count = .N), by = J(3,5)] # This is one of the multiple unsuccessful ways I have been trying to count the rows.


Anyone has any idea on how to make the last line work?

Answer

How about just

DT[.(3,5), .N]
# [1] 3

## These are also equivalent
## DT[J(3,5), .N]
## DT[list(3,5), .N]
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