[R] How to get R to ignore certain values when analyzing a column in a data table ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jul 10 08:35:15 CEST 2006

On Sun, 9 Jul 2006, Daryl Manning wrote:

> Apologies if this is in (one of the many) manuals somewhere... Trying
> to switch to R from other stats programs.
> Basically, I have a large data table I've dumped from a DB, some of
> the values which are nulls '-' which I've converted to zeros. I've
> read it in using read.table fine.
> I want R to ignore the zero values when graphing or doing various
> other calculations.
> Is there a way to do this ?
> I did try to use NA but kept getting errors that x must be numeric.

Did you use numeric NA?  That is the way to so this, so you will need to 
give a reproducible example (as the posting guide asks).

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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