[R] R-code help for filtering with for loop

ONKELINX, Thierry Thierry.ONKELINX at inbo.be
Mon Mar 2 11:52:08 CET 2009

Dear John,

It looks like you are stuck in both the second and the third circle of
the R inferno (http://www.burns-stat.com/pages/Tutor/R_inferno.pdf)

You problem is easy to vectorise.

#could the number of columns >= 64 in each row
NumCols <- rowSums(datax >= 64)
#select rows with at least one column >= 64
datax[NumCols >= 1, ]



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Namens John Antonydas Gaspar
Verzonden: maandag 2 maart 2009 11:31
Aan: r-help at r-project.org
Onderwerp: [R] R-code help for filtering with for loop

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am new for R coding. Kindly help me out in sorting out the following

There are 50 rows with six coloumns(you could see in the attached .txt
file). I
wish to go for filtering this 50 rows for any one of the six coloumns
satisfying the value >= 64.

I need to have a final table with rows having >= 64 value in any one of
the six
coloumns and the rest could be <=64. For this purpose I use the
following R
".",as.is =TRUE,na.strings = "NA", colClasses = NA,check.names =
FALSE,strip.white = FALSE, blank.lines.skip = TRUE,
allowEscapes = FALSE, flush = FALSE,encoding = "unknown")



for(i in 1:(dim(filter)[1]))
for(j in 1:(dim(filter)[2]))

# summing the result of the above


write.table(filtereddata,file ="filterdgenes.txt",quote = TRUE, sep =
"\t ",
            dec = ".",row.names=T,col.names = NA, qmethod = c (escape",


There is something is missing in my coding therefore the filteration is
according to the value of the last column that is the sixth coloumn
value not
takiing into consideration the rest of the coloumns.

For example with the table in .txt file I have attached, the first
coloumn has
29 rows having values >= 64 but the last coloumn has only 25 rows.

The filtered list should have around 29 rows but only 25 since the
coding has
considered only the last coloumn.  How to sort out this problem. Kindly
help me

Thanking in advance,
With Regards,


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