# Insert random NAs in a vector in R

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I was recently writing a function which was going to need to deal with NAs in some kind of semi-intelligent way. I wanted to test it with some fake data, meaning that I was going to need a vector with some random NAs sprinkled in. After a few disappointing google searches and a stack overflow post or two that left something to be desired, I sat down, thought for a few minutes, and came up with this.

#create a vector of random values foo <- rnorm(n=100, mean=20, sd=5) #randomly choose 15 indices to replace #this is the step in which I thought I was clever #because I use which() and %in% in the same line ind <- which(foo %in% sample(foo, 15)) #now replace those indices in foo with NA foo[ind]<-NA #here is our vector with 15 random NAs foo

Not especially game changing but more elegant than any of the solutions I found on the interwebs, so there it is FTW.

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