dummy.code

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Create dummy coded variables

Given a variable x with n distinct values, create n new dummy coded variables coded 0/1 for presence (1) or absence (0) of each variable. A typical application would be to create dummy coded college majors from a vector of college majors. Can also combine categories by group. By default, NA values of x are returned as NA (added 10/20/17)

Keywords
multivariate, models
Usage
dummy.code(x,group=NULL,na.rm=TRUE)
Arguments
x

A vector to be transformed into dummy codes

group

A vector of categories to be coded as 1, all others coded as 0.

na.rm

If TRUE, return NA for all codes with NA in x

Details

When coding demographic information, it is typical to create one variable with multiple categorical values (e.g., ethnicity, college major, occupation). dummy.code will convert these categories into n distinct dummy coded variables.

If using dummy coded variables as predictors, remember to use n-1 variables.

If group is specified, then all values of x that are in group are given the value of 1, otherwise, 0. (Useful for combining a range of science majors into STEM or not. The example forms a dummy code of any smoking at all.)

Value

A matrix of dummy coded variables

Aliases
  • dummy.code
Examples
# NOT RUN {
new <- dummy.code(sat.act$education)
new.sat <- data.frame(new,sat.act)
round(cor(new.sat,use="pairwise"),2)
dum.smoke <- dummy.code(spi$smoke,group=2:9)
table(dum.smoke,spi$smoke)
# }
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