[R] Help in getting aggregated data

From: Deepak Manohar <deepakmanohar_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat 31 Mar 2007 - 23:51:25 GMT

Hi team,

   I have the data of the form:

> a<- data.frame(x=c(1,2,1,4,3), y=c(1,2,1,4,3), z=c(1,2,3,4,5))

I need the output of the form

> b<- data.frame(x=c(1,2,3,4), y=c(1,2,3,4), z=(3,2,5,4) )

As you can see, the Z value contains the maximum for each of the (x,y) combinations.

I used
> c<-by(a$z, list(x=a$x, y=a$y), max)
> c[,]

x 1 2 3 4
  1 3 NA NA NA
  2 NA 2 NA NA
  3 NA NA 5 NA
  4 NA NA NA 4

Not sure If I have any standard function to convert this to the data frame that I need. Can you help me convert the last array into the data frame? If there is any other way apart from using the "by" function, please inform me regarding that as well.

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