[R] number of pairwise present data in matrix with missings

Andreas Wolf andreas.wolf at uni-jena.de
Tue Nov 23 14:42:55 CET 2004

is there a smart way of determining the number of pairwise present data
in a data matrix with missings (maybe as a by-product of some
statistical function?)

so far, i used several loops like:

for (column1 in 1:99) {
  for (column2 in 2:100) {
    for (row in 1:500) {
      if (!is.na(matrix[row,column1]) & !is.na(matrix[row,column2])) {
        pairs[col1,col2] <- pairs[col1,col2]+1

but this seems neither the most elegant nor an utterly fast solution.

thanks for suggestions.
andreas wolf

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