Create New Variables - Log

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This QScript aApplies the log transformation to the selected numeric variable sets.

Example

Example in the graphic shown below with the original selected numeric variable called 'Estimated profit to the industry' with the results of the log transformed.

Log Transform Example in Q Log Transform Example in Displayr

The log transform uses the natural log (base e) by default. If a different log is required, the user can modify the R code used to compute the transformation by selecting the individual variables and selecting Edit R variable and modifying the R code window shown above.and modifying the R code in the R code window.

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OR

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Customizing the QScript

This QScript is written in JavaScript and can be customized by copying and modifying the JavaScript.

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JavaScript

includeWeb("QScript Utility Functions");
includeWeb("QScript Selection Functions");
includeWeb("QScript Functions to Generate Outputs");
includeWeb("QScript R Output Functions");


function getVariableOrQuestionLabel(variable) {
	if(/- Multi/.test(variable.question.variableSetStructure)) {
		return variable.question.name + " " + variable.label;
	} else {
		return variable.label;
	}
}


checkQuestionsNonPositive = function(questions) {
	return questions.some(function(question){
		var attributes = question.valueAttributes;
		var values = question.uniqueValues;
		var num_vals = values.length;
		for(var j = 0; j < num_vals; j++){
			if(attributes.getValue(values[j]) <= 0){
				return true;
			}
		}
		return false;
	});
}

if (!main())
	log("QScript cancelled.");
else
	conditionallyEmptyLog("QScript finished.");

function main() {

	var is_displayr = (!!Q.isOnTheWeb && Q.isOnTheWeb());
    var structure_name = is_displayr ? "variable sets" : "questions";
    var allowed_types = ["Numeric", "Numeric - Multi", "Numeric - Grid"];
    var selected_questions = selectInputQuestions(allowed_types);
    if (!selected_questions)
        return false;
    if (!areQuestionsValidAndNonEmpty(selected_questions))
        return false;

    var data_file = getDataFileFromQuestions(selected_questions);
	var variables = getVariablesFromQuestions(selected_questions);
	var variable_labels = variables.map(function(x){ return(getVariableOrQuestionLabel(x)); });
	var question_name = variable_labels.filter(onlyUnique).join(" + ");
	var new_question_name = preventDuplicateQuestionName(data_file, question_name);
	var last_variable = getLastVariable(variables);
	var temp_var_name = randomVariableName(16); // temporary name, random to (almost) guarantee uniqueness
	if (variables.length === 1) {
		var var_name = variables[0].name;
		var expr_name = checkDuplicateVariable(var_name) ? generateDisambiguatedVariableName(variables[0]) : stringToRName(var_name);
		var r_name = "variable";
		var expression = r_name + " <- " + expr_name + "\n";
	} else {
		var expr_names = variables.map(function(v){
		return checkDuplicateVariable(v.name) ? generateDisambiguatedVariableName(v) : stringToRName(v.name);
		});
		var expr_name = [];
		for (i = 0; i < variables.length; i += 1) {
			expr_name[i] = stringToRName(variable_labels[i]) + " = " +  expr_names[i];
		}
		var r_name = structure_name.replace(" ", ".").slice(0, -1);
		var expr_prefix = r_name + ' <- data.frame(';
		var white_space = " ".repeat(expr_prefix.length);
		var expression = expr_prefix + expr_name.join(",\n" + white_space) + ',\n' +
									white_space + 'check.names = FALSE)\n';
	}
	var give_warning = checkQuestionsNonPositive(selected_questions);
	var warning_message = "Log transformation is only valid for positive values. Non-positive values (zero or smaller) have been replaced with missing values";
	if (give_warning){
		expression += r_name + "[" + r_name + " <= 0] <- NA\n"
		if (is_displayr) {
			expression += 'warning("' + warning_message + '")\n';
		}
			
	}
	expression += "log(" + r_name + ", base = exp(1))\n" +
				  "# Modify base argument to change the type of log transformation \n" +
				  "# The code above gives the natural log with base e = exp(1) = 2.718282... \n" +
				  "# E.g. for log base ten, change base = exp(1) to base = 10\n" +
				  "# E.g. for log base two, set base = 2\n";

	try {
		var new_r_question = data_file.newRQuestion(expression, new_question_name, temp_var_name, last_variable);
		question_name = variables.map(function(v) {
			return(/- Multi/.test(v.question.variableSetStructure) ? v.question.name : v.label);
		})
		new_r_question.name = preventDuplicateQuestionName(data_file, "log of " + question_name.filter(onlyUnique).join(" & "));
		if (variables.length === 1 || selected_questions.length == 1) {
			new_r_question.questionType = selected_questions[0].questionType;
		}
	} catch (e) {
		log("The log transform could not be computed for this " + structure_name + " : " + e);
		return false;
	}

	// Replace temporary variable names
	nameSequentialVariables(new_r_question.variables, "log.vals");
	
	if (give_warning && !is_displayr)
		log(warning_message);
    reportNewRQuestion(new_r_question, "Log transformed question");
	return true;
}

See also