[R] operation on a data.frame

From: Federico Abascal <fabascal_at_cnb.csic.es>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 12:05:44 +0200

Estimated colleagues:

Here is a problem I am trying to solve: I have a data frame of this kind

df <- data.frame(c("A","B","C","A","A","B"), matrix(1:18,nrow=6,ncol=3)) rownames(df) <- c("One","Two","Three","Four","Five","Six") colnames(df) <- c("C1","C2","C3","C4")

      C1 C2 C3 C4
One A 1 7 13
Two B 2 8 14
Three C 3 9 15
Four A 4 10 16
Five A 5 11 17
Six B 6 12 18

I would like to obtain a data.frame or matrix in which rows with an equal string on column "C1" are averaged. In the previous example, rows "One", "Four" and "Five" should be averaged because the three have "A" con C1. The resulting row should be: "A" 10/3 28/3 46/3

In SQL I think I could do this by selecting c1,c2,c3 and c4, grouping by c1 and averaging c2, c3,and c4.

Is there some way to do this easily in R?

Thank you very much,

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