R filter Data Frame by Multiple Conditions

To filter the data frame by multiple conditions in R, you can use either df[] notation, subset() function from the R base package, or filter() from the dplyr package.

In this article, I will explain different ways to filter the R DataFrame by multiple conditions.

1. Create DataFrame

Let’s create an R DataFrame, run these examples and explore the output. If you already have data in CSV you can easily import CSV files to R DataFrame. Also, refer to Import Excel File into R.


# Create DataFrame
df <- data.frame(
  id = c(10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17),
  name = c('sai','ram','deepika','sahithi','kumar','scott','Don','Lin'),
  gender = c('M','M',NA,'F','M','M','M','F'),
  dob = as.Date(c('1990-10-02','1981-3-24','1987-6-14','1985-8-16',
                  '1995-03-02','1991-6-21','1986-3-24','1990-8-26')),
  state = c('CA','NY',NA,NA,'DC','DW','AZ','PH'),
  row.names=c('r1','r2','r3','r4','r5','r6','r7','r8')
)
df

Yields below output.


   id    name gender        dob state
r1 10     sai      M 1990-10-02    CA
r2 11     ram      M 1981-03-24    NY
r3 12 deepika   <NA> 1987-06-14  <NA>
r4 13 sahithi      F 1985-08-16  <NA>
r5 14   kumar      M 1995-03-02    DC
r6 15   scott      M 1991-06-21    DW
r7 16     Don      M 1986-03-24    AZ
r8 17     Lin      F 1990-08-26    PH

2. R Filter Rows by Multiple Conditions

The subset() is a R base function that is used to get the observations and variables from the data frame (DataFrame) by submitting with multiple conditions. Also used to get filter vectors and matrices.

This subset() function takes a syntax subset(x, subset, select, drop = FALSE, …) where the first argument is the input object, the second argument is the expression and the third is to specify what variables to select.


# subset by multiple conditions using |
subset(df, gender == 'M' | state == 'PH')

# subset by multiple conditions using &
subset(df, gender == 'M' & state %in% c('CA','NY'))

Yields below output.

r filter multiple conditions

3. Using df[] to Filter by Multiple Conditions

By using bracket notation df[] on R data.frame we can also get data frame by multiple conditions


# Select Rows by Checking multiple conditions
df[df$gender == 'M' | df$state == 'PH',]

df[df$gender == 'M' & df$state %in% c('CA','NY'),]

Yields the same output as above.

4. Using filter() Function to Filter by Multiple Conditions

Similarly, you can also filter the data.frame by multiple conditions using filter() function from dplyr package. In order to use this, you have to install the dplyr package first using install.packages('dplyr') and load it using library(dplyr).


library(dplyr)
# Using dplyr::filter
df %>% filter(gender == 'M' | state == 'PH')
df %>% filter(gender == 'M' & state %in% c('CA','NY') )

Yields the same output as above.

5. Complete Example


# Create DataFrame
df <- data.frame(
  id = c(10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17),
  name = c('sai','ram','deepika','sahithi','kumar','scott','Don','Lin'),
  gender = c('M','M',NA,'F','M','M','M','F'),
  dob = as.Date(c('1990-10-02','1981-3-24','1987-6-14','1985-8-16',
                  '1995-03-02','1991-6-21','1986-3-24','1990-8-26')),
  state = c('CA','NY',NA,NA,'DC','DW','AZ','PH'),
  row.names=c('r1','r2','r3','r4','r5','r6','r7','r8')
)
df

# filter by multiple conditions using |
subset(df, gender == 'M' | state == 'PH')

# subset by multiple conditions using &
subset(df, gender == 'M' & state %in% c('CA','NY'))

# filter Rows by Checking multiple conditions
df[df$gender == 'M' | df$state == 'PH',]

df[df$gender == 'M' & df$state %in% c('CA','NY'),]

library(dplyr)
# Using dplyr::filter
df %>% filter(gender == 'M' | state == 'PH')
df %>% filter(gender == 'M' & state %in% c('CA','NY') )

5. Conclusion

In this article, you have learned how to filter the data frame rows by multiple conditions in R by using the subset() function, filter() from dplyr package, and using df[] notation.

References

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