Lead variable for predictions Dear Dr. Ballings,
I ran the following code to make a lag variable:
DATA1$lag <- unlist(tapply(DATA1[,"DV"],DATA1[,"Symbol"],
It worked on my data set.
Then I tried the following code to make a lead variable, it changes the c(NA,x[-length(x) to c(NA,x,[+length(x)
DATA1$lead <- unlist(tapply(DATA1[,"DV"],DATA1[,"Symbol"],
The error message says:
Error in `$<-.data.frame`(`*tmp*`, "lead", value = c(NA, 0, NA, 0, NA, :
replacement has 2744 rows, data has 348171
I looked at numerous codes on Google and it appears that they all require me to install a new package to create a lead variable. Why does
the function from the book not work when you simply change the '"-" to a "+"? It seems like the change from "-" to "+" would change it from
a lag variable to a lead variable.
Is there a way to create an effective lead variable without installing a new package?
Thanks for your help.
Answers and follow-up questions Answer or follow-up question 1
I won't give you the solution, as this is part of the assignment, but I will give you a strong hint.
This part is incorrect:
What you a doing is:
Take all values of DV by Symbol. Per Symbol, apply the following function:
That function is adding a leading NA to a vector of length 1 containing only its last element (i.e., you select
the element at the last position of the vector).
This is clearly not what you want.
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