Filter Dataframe with Multiple Conditions Name Matching in R dplyr

R’s dplyr package is a powerful tool for data manipulation. It provides a flexible and efficient way to filter, mutate, summarize, and analyze data. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to filter a dataframe with multiple conditions name matching using dplyr.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to dplyr
  2. Filtering Dataframes with dplyr
  3. Multiple Conditions Name Matching
  4. Combining Multiple Conditions
  5. Conclusion

Introduction to dplyr

Dplyr is a part of the tidyverse, a collection of R packages designed for data science. It provides a set of functions that perform common data manipulation operations, making it easier to read and write code. The key functions in dplyr are:

  • filter(): Subset rows using column values
  • select(): Subset columns using column names
  • mutate(): Create new columns using existing ones
  • summarise(): Collapse multiple values down to a single summary
  • arrange(): Reorder rows by column values

Filtering Dataframes with dplyr

Filtering is a common operation in data analysis. It involves selecting a subset of rows in a dataframe that meet certain conditions. In dplyr, the filter() function is used for this purpose.

Let’s start with a simple example. Suppose we have a dataframe df with columns x, y, and z. We want to filter the dataframe to include only rows where x < 50 and z == TRUE. Here’s how we can do it:

# sample data
# condition
filter(df, x<50 & z==TRUE)

The filter() function takes a logical condition and returns a dataframe with rows where the condition is TRUE.

Multiple Conditions Name Matching

Now, let’s say we want to filter the dataframe based on multiple conditions that involve matching names. For example, we want to include rows where x is either 12, 4, or 66. We can use the %in% operator for this:

filter(x %in% c(12, 4, 66))

The %in% operator checks if a value is in a set of values. The c() function combines its arguments into a vector.

Combining Multiple Conditions

We can combine multiple conditions using logical operators. For example, if we want to include rows where x is ‘12’, ‘4’, or ‘66’ and y is greater than 25, we can do:

filter(x %in% c(12, 4, 66) & y > 25)


The dplyr package in R provides a powerful and flexible way to manipulate data. The filter() function, in particular, allows us to subset dataframes based on multiple conditions. By combining logical operators and the %in% operator, we can filter dataframes based on multiple conditions name matching.

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