Remove Multiple Values from Vector in R (Example)


On this page, I’ll show how to delete certain values from a vector in the R programming language.

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Here’s how to do it!


Creating Example Data

First, we need to create an example vector in R:

vec <- c("A", "B", "A", "C", "D")             # Create example vector
vec                                           # Print example vector
# "A" "B" "A" "C" "D"

Our example vector consists of five character elements. Now, let’s remove some of these elements…


Example: Delete Certain Values from Vector

If we want to remove multiple values from a vector, we can use the %in% operator. Have a look at the following R code:

vec_new <- vec[! vec %in% c("A", "C")]        # Remove multiple values
vec_new                                       # Print updated vector
# "B" "D"

As you can see based on the output of the RStudio console, we deleted every “A” and every “C” from our vector.


Video, Further Resources & Summary

Would you like to know more about removing certain values from vectors and data frame columns? Then you may have a look at the following video of my YouTube channel. I’m explaining the R programming codes of this tutorial in the video.



Furthermore, you might read the other articles that I have published on my homepage.


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