[R] How to let R repeat computations over a number of variables

From: Uli Kleinwechter <ulikleinwechter_at_yahoo.com.mx>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:13:09 +0100


I have written a small script to read a dataset, compute some basic descriptives and write them to a file (see below). The variable
"maizeseedcash" of which the statistics are calculated is contained in
the data frame agr_inputs. My question is whether there is a way to make R compute the statistics not only for maizeseedcash but also for other variables in the dataset. I thought about a thing like a loop which repeats the computations according to a set of variables which I would like to be able to specify before. Is something like that possible and if so, how would it look like?

All hints are appreciated.

Best regards,


sink("agr_inputs.txt", append=FALSE, type="output")




q25<-quantile(maizeseedcash, probs=.25)

median<-quantile(maizeseedcash, probs=.50)


q75<-quantile(maizeseedcash, probs=.75)





Measure<-c("Min","25%", "Median", "Mean", "75%", "Max", "Var", "SD",

maizeseedcas<-c( min, q25, median, mean, q75, max, var, sd, varcoeff)

solution<-data.frame(Measure, maizeseedcas)

print (solution)



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