[R] unavoidable loop? a better way??

James Muller james.muller at anu.edu.au
Sat Nov 13 07:51:22 CET 2004

Hi all, I have the following problem, best expressed by my present  

# p is a vector
myfunc <- function (p) {
   x[1] <- p[1]
   for (i in c(2:length(p))) {
     x[i] <- 0.8*p[i] + 0.2*p[i-1]
   return (x)

That is, I'm calculating a time-weighted average. Unfortunately the scale  
of the problem is big. length(p) in this case is such that each call takes  
about 6 seconds, and I have to call it about 2000 times (~3 hours). And,  
I'd like to do this each day. Thus, a more efficient method is desirable.

Of course, this could be done faster by writing it in c, but I want to  
avoid doing that if there already exists something internal to do the  
operation quickly (because I've never programmed c for use in R).

Can anybody offer a solution?

I apologise if this is a naive question.


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