Re: [R] summary statistics

From: stephen sefick <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:07:53 -0500

prettyR looks like it will work, but with the way that my data frame is set up I still can not get what I want out of it. I am lacking in my knowledge on manipulating data frames, and general R programing. Is there a reference that will give me all of these wonderful data manipulation tools that previous posters in this thread have sighted:

>tapply(x$mgl, x$RM, summary)

I read the help file for tapply and I still don't entirely understand it. I am a biologist trying to learn R because it serves my purposesI  am not a programmer; however, I see the utility enough to be right stubborn when it come to learning this. I am fully aware that I am not competent in programing, but I do know the the theory behind the analyzes that I am performing, which, granted, are not all that sophisticated (mostly descriptive statistics, community data ordination, and time series analysis). My main complaint is I don't know which way to put a data frame into R to let it proceed with the analysis. I preprocess most of my data in excel- this is a convention imposed by the kind of data and knowledge of the rest of the folks that are in my lab. Is there a succinct reference for programing in R(S+) on how to rearrange data once inside of R, and maybe a general guide for matrix/ data frame setup for general analysis and what "way" something should look for different kinds of analysis. I am learning and, most of the time, I can generate graphs etc. faster than in excel, but sometimes I spend hours trying to "get the data in the right format" and then three minutes of actual coding and result generation. Maybe I'm out of my league, but I am not content with giving my data over to somebody else to do the analysis because relativley more knowledge on how a river system works. thanks everybody for the continuing help


On Feb 13, 2008 5:03 AM, Jim Lemon <> wrote:
> stephen sefick wrote:
> > below is my data frame. I would like to compute summary statistics
> > for mgl for each river mile (mean, median, mode). My apologies in
> > advance- I would like to get something like the SAS print out of PROC
> > Univariate. I have performed an ANOVA and a tukey LSD and I would
> > just like the summary statistics.
> Hi Stephen,
> Have a look at "describe" in the prettyR package. You can specify the
> summary stats that you want, and the formatting may suit you.
> Jim

Let's not spend our time and resources thinking about things that are
so little or so large that all they really do for us is puff us up and
make us feel like gods.  We are mammals, and have not exhausted the
annoying little problems of being mammals.

								-K. Mullis

______________________________________________ mailing list
PLEASE do read the posting guide
and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
Received on Wed 13 Feb 2008 - 14:29:02 GMT

Archive maintained by Robert King, hosted by the discipline of statistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Archive generated by hypermail 2.2.0, at Thu 14 Feb 2008 - 08:30:13 GMT.

Mailing list information is available at Please read the posting guide before posting to the list.

list of date sections of archive