Creating a Stratified Random Sample of a Dataframe

March 14, 2012

(This article was first published on theBioBucket*, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Expanding on a question on Stack Overflow I’ll show how to make a stratified random sample of a certain size:

d <- expand.grid(id = 1:35000, stratum = letters[1:10])

p = 0.1

dsample <- data.frame()

for(i in levels(d$stratum)) {
dsub <- subset(d, d$stratum == i)
B = ceiling(nrow(dsub) * p)
dsub <- dsub[sample(1:nrow(dsub), B), ]
dsample <- rbind(dsample, dsub)

# size per stratum in resulting df is 10 % of original size:

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