I am currently working on a dataset which contains a
name attribute, which stands for a person's first name. After reading the csv file with
read.csv, the variable is a
factor by default (
stringsAsFactors=TRUE) with ~10k levels. Since
name does not reflect any group membership, I am uncertain to leave it as
Is it necessary to convert
character? Are there some advantages in doing (or not doing) this? Does it even matter?