How to Count Distinct Values in R?, using the n_distinct() function from dplyr, you can count the number of distinct values in an R data frame using one of the following methods.

With the given data frame, the following examples explain how to apply each of these approaches in practice.

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## How to Count Distinct Values in R

Let’s make a data frame

df <- data.frame(team=c('A', 'A', 'A', 'A', 'B', 'B', 'B', 'B'), points=c(106, 106, 108, 110, 209, 209, 122, 212), assists=c(203, 206, 204, 202, 24, 25, 125, 119)) df

team points assists 1 A 106 203 2 A 106 206 3 A 108 204 4 A 110 202 5 B 209 24 6 B 209 25 7 B 122 125 8 B 212 119

### Approach 1: Count Distinct Values in One Column

The following code demonstrates how to count the number of distinct values in the ‘team’ column using n distinct().

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count the number of distinct values in the ‘team’ column

library(dplyr) n_distinct(df$team) [1] 2

In the ‘team’ column, there are two separate values.

### Approach 2: Count Distinct Values in All Columns

The following code demonstrates how to count the number of unique values in each column of the data frame using the sapply() and n distinct() functions.

count the number of distinct values in each column

sapply(df, function(x) n_distinct(x))

team points assists 2 6 8

We can observe the following from the output:

In the ‘team’ column, there are two separate values.

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In the ‘points’ column, there are 6 different values.

The ‘assists’ column has 8 different values.

### Approach 3: Count Distinct Values by Group

The following code demonstrates how to count the number of distinct values by group using the n distinct() function.

count the number of different ‘points’ values by ‘team’

df %>% group_by(team) %>% summarize(distinct_points = n_distinct(points))

team distinct_points <chr> <int> 1 A 3 2 B 3

We can observe the following from the output:

For team A, there are three different point values.

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For team B, there are three different point values.