# ml_create_dummy_variables

##### Create Dummy Variables

Given a column in a Spark DataFrame, generate a new Spark DataFrame containing dummy variable columns.

##### Usage

```
ml_create_dummy_variables(x, input, reference = NULL, levels = NULL,
labels = NULL, envir = new.env(parent = emptyenv()))
```

##### Arguments

- x
An object coercable to a Spark DataFrame (typically, a

`tbl_spark`

).- input
The name of the input column.

- reference
The reference label. This variable is omitted when generating dummy variables (to avoid perfect multi-collinearity if all dummy variables were to be used in the model fit); to generate dummy variables for all columns this can be explicitly set as

`NULL`

.- levels
The set of levels for which dummy variables should be generated. By default, constructs one variable for each unique value occurring in the column specified by

`input`

.- labels
An optional R list, mapping values in the

`input`

column to column names to be assigned to the associated dummy variable.- envir
An optional R environment; when provided, it will be filled with useful auxiliary information. See

**Auxiliary Information**for more information.

##### Details

The dummy variables are generated in a similar mechanism to
`model.matrix`

, where categorical variables are expanded into a
set of binary (dummy) variables. These dummy variables can be used for
regression of categorical variables within the various regression routines
provided by `sparklyr`

.

##### Auxiliary Information

The `envir`

argument can be used as a mechanism for returning
optional information. Currently, the following pieces are returned:

`levels` : |
The set of unique values discovered within the input column. |

`columns` : |
The column names generated. |

If the `envir`

argument is supplied, the names of any dummy variables
generated will be included, under the `labels`

key.

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