# [R] summary statistics for lists of matrices or dataframes

Huntsinger, Reid reid_huntsinger at merck.com
Tue May 10 16:42:06 CEST 2005

```In such a situation you could make the list into a 3-way array. For example,

> d <- dim(z[[1]]) # all the same
> n <- length(z)
> z <- unlist(z)
> dim(z) <- c(d,n)

then you can get summary statistics for the (1,1) entries of the original
z[[1]], z[[2]] etc however you would get summary statistics for the vector
z[1,1,]. Moreover, you can vectorize this to get, say,

> rowMeans(z, dims=2)
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    3    3
[2,]    3    3

and for arbitrary functions of the entries you can use apply():

> apply(z, c(1,2), "median")

Reid Huntsinger

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Subject: [R] summary statistics for lists of matrices or dataframes

Is there a simple way to calculate summary statistics for all the
matrices or dataframes in a list? For example:

> z <- list(matrix(c(2,2,2,2), ncol = 2), matrix(c(4,4,4,4), ncol = 2))
> z
[[1]]
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    2    2
[2,]    2    2

[[2]]
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    4    4
[2,]    4    4
>

I would like to calculate, for example, the mean value for each
cell. I can do that the hard way as:

> (z[[1]] + z[[2]]) / 2
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    3    3
[2,]    3    3
>

But there must be an easier way. I am also interested in other
statistics (like median and sd). Since all my matrices have the same
attributes (especially row and column names), I would like to preserve

Thanks,

Dave Kane

In case it matters:

> R.version
_
platform i686-pc-linux-gnu
arch     i686
os       linux-gnu
system   i686, linux-gnu
status
major    2
minor    1.0
year     2005
month    04
day      18
language R
>

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