[R] setting pairwise comparisons of columns

From: Louis Plough <lplough_at_usc.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:32:24 -0700

I have a number of genes (columns) for which I want to examine pairwise associations of genotypes (each row is an individual)...For example (see data below), I would like to compare M1 to M2, M2 to M3, and M1 to M3 (i.e. does ac from M1 tend to be found with bc from M2 more often than expected.)  Down stream I will be performing chi square tests for each pair.

But I am looking for a way to set all pairs of genes (order doesn't matter, so with 3 genes, there are 3 comparisons, 4 genes=6 comparisons) in a new data.frame or matrix so that I can then test each pair with a chi-square test in a loop.

Below is some sample data of the form I will be using.

> lets<-c("ab","ac","bc","bd")
> epi<-data.frame(cbind("M1"= c(sample(lets,10,
replace=TRUE)),"M2"=c(sample(lets,10,replace=TRUE)), "M3"=c(sample(lets,10, replace=TRUE))))
> print(epi)

   M1 M2 M3
1 ac bc bd
2 ac ac bd
3 bd bd bd
4 ab ac bd
5 ac bc bd
6 bd bd bc
7 ab ac ab
8 bc bd ab
9 bd ab ac
10 bc bc bd

I tried a for loop to set each column against the others, but get errors for undefined columns selected:

for(i in 1:3) {
for(j in k:3){


  A B
1 ac bc
2 ac ac
3 bd bd
4 ab ac
5 ac bc
6 bd bd
7 ab ac
8 bc bd
9 bd ab
10 bc bc

    A B
1 ac bd
2 ac bd
3 bd bd
4 ab bd
5 ac bd
6 bd bc
7 ab ab
8 bc ab
9 bd ac
10 bc bd

    A B
1 bc bd
2 ac bd
3 bd bd
4 ac bd
5 bc bd
6 bd bc
7 ac ab
8 bd ab
9 ab ac
10 bc bd
Error in `[.data.frame`(epi, , j) : undefined columns selected

I get the output in the right format, but with errors, and the actual data frame epi 3, has only one column,

Im sure this is a simple fix...any ideas? Could I use combn instead?


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