[R] loop? apply? I want to repeat a task through 208 itterations.

From: stephen sefick <ssefick_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 11:44:45 -0400


structure(list(RM215alk = c(15, 13, 12, 14, NA, 13, 16, 13, 16, #subset of data
13, 17, 13, 19, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 14, 16, 14, 15, 13, 14),

    NSCl = c(NA, NA, 2.9, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA,     NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)), .Names = c("RM215alk", "NSCl"), class = "data.frame", row.names = c(NA, -24L))

apply(if n>=3(x.f, 2, shapiro.test)else(NULL)) #crappy code showing my lack of knowledge on the subject

I would like to apply this to a 208 column data matrix, and this is the first time I have tried a repetitive task in R- so please bear with me. the shapiro.test requires 3 to 5000 observations and there are some columns that don't have three observation making it unnecessary to preform a test for normality. How do I do this? thanks

stephen

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