# Re: [R] Problem with by(... , median)

From: Henrique Dallazuanna <wwwhsd_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:25:47 -0300

aggregate(tb[-1], list(tb\$Subject), FUN=median, na.rm = T)

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 10:18 AM, Michal Figurski < figurski_at_mail.med.upenn.edu> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am new to R, I have been using SAS for a while. Not surprisingly, I find
> R much better in graphics, which is publication ready right away.
>
> Recently, I have been trying to calculate some basic statistics using R. I
> have a dataset of multiple rows per subject. For example:
>
> Subject Date Factor1 Factor2 Factor3
> P1 0.5 1 1 3
> P1 1 3 2 5
> P1 2 3 5 NA
> ...
> P2 0.5 1 6 4
> P2 1 2 NA 7
> P2 2 3 1 2
> ...
>
> I wanted to get the 'by subject' statistics of the factors. I used the
> following code: a=by(dat1, dat1\$Subject, mean, na.rm=TRUE) - this is for a
> mean.
> However, when I try that with a 'median', I get an error message. It is
> strange to me, because with the 'summary' option, I get the median values
> for all factors separately, among other information. What I need is just a
> median, because I later need it for plotting.
> I have read old posts on the archive, and I agree that the action of
> 'median' is according to the documentation. However, I think this is a
> serious inconvenience, and it should be changed to work in the same way as
> mean, summary or sd options.
>
> Nevertheless, accepting the reality, I have a question to all: how to
> obtain the by-subject medians of factors in such dataset?
>
>
> --
> Michal J. Figurski
> HUP, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
> Xenobiotics Toxicokinetics Research Laboratory
> 3400 Spruce St. 7 Maloney
>
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