# Re: [R] scoping issues?

From: Barry Rowlingson <B.Rowlingson_at_lancaster.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 09 Dec 2005 - 05:38:42 EST

tom wright wrote:

> Browse[1]> mean(amps[1],amps[2],amps[3],amps[7],amps[8])  > [1] 1

For starters, this just returns mean(amps[1]). 'mean' computes the mean of the first argument, the others are slurped up by '...' and in this case thrown into the bin. You want to do mean(c(amps[1],amps[2],amps[3] and so on. Wrap them into a single vector.

For main course, I think you can do it like this:

getAR <- function(v.amps){

sv=sort(v.amps)
sum(sv[1:3])/mean(sv[-(1:3)])
}

• which computes the ratio of the sum of the three biggest over the mean of the remainder. Which I think is what your code looks like its trying to do!

An example input/output would be nice. My code gives:

> amps<-c(1,2,3,3,3,2,1)
> getAR(amps)
[1] 1.454545

but I still dont know if that's what it should be!

For dessert, I don't think its a scoping issue, I think you've not really explained what the problem is...

Baz

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