[R] applying complex functions by groups

From: Finch, W. Holmes <whfinch_at_bsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:39:52 -0400


I have a matrix that is indexed by groups and looks something like this:

1 1 2
1 2 1

2 1 1
2 1 2
2 NA 1

3 1 NA
3 2 NA

The first column is the group variable and I would like to apply categorical data imputation functions to the other two columns, doing so by groups. I have tried APPLY, BY and SPLIT, but have not had much luck getting it to work. I wonder if anyone has suggestions for how I might do this kind of by groups processing. Thanks very much.


Holmes Finch
Associate Professor
Director of Research, Office of Charter School Research Department of Educational Psychology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285-3668

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