separate()

Unpacking Data in R using the separate()function.

What is the seperate() function?

The separate() function allows you to split a single column of data into multiple columns. In this post, we’ll explore how to use the separate() function in R and demonstrate its practical applications.

Package:

tidyr

 

Basic Syntax
separate(data, col, into, sep)

  • data: The dataset you want to work with.
  • col: The column you want to split.
  • into: A vector of new column names to create.
  • sep: The separator character or regular expression to split the column.

Example Use Case
Let’s say you have a dataset with a column that contains both first names and last names separated by a comma, and you want to split them into two separate columns. Here’s how you can do it:

# Load the tidyr package
library(tidyr)

# Sample dataset
data <- data.frame(full_name = c("John,Doe", "Jane,Smith", "Bob,Johnson"))

# Use separate() to split the column

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