[R] sum(data.frame(),na.rm=TRUE) still throws an Error

From: Jacob Colvin <jbcolvin_at_fastmail.fm>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:47:33 -0700


Hello,

sum(data.frame(),na.rm=TRUE) still throws an Error, is this really the intended behavior?

> sum(data.frame())
Error in FUN(X[[1L]], ...) : only defined on a data frame with all numeric or complex variables
> sum(data.frame(),na.rm=TRUE)
Error in FUN(X[[1L]], ...) : only defined on a data frame with all numeric or complex variables

The context is

# x is a data frame generated from read.csv() # bins is an index for histogram bins stored in csv file.
> sum(x[is.element(x$color,0:3),bins],na.rm=TRUE)

Which works when is.element() returns any TRUE values.

It would be nice if i could avoid coding this up this way...

> sum(as.matrix(x[is.element(x$color,0:3)),bins],na.rm=TRUE)

I'm just wondering if this is really the intended behavior, noting that

> sum(matrix())

[1] NA
> sum(matrix(),na.rm=TRUE)

[1] 0

behave as i would have expected. [using R 2.5.1 under windows ]

Thanks

Jacob Colvin



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