# [R] RESOLVED: Using table to get frequencies of several factors at once

Pancho Mulongeni p.mulongeni at namibia.pharmaccess.org
Thu Jan 17 08:43:38 CET 2013

```Thanks,
I hereby declare this thread as resolved.

-----Original Message-----
From: S Ellison [mailto:S.Ellison at LGCGroup.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:27 PM
To: Pancho Mulongeni; R help
Subject: RE: Using table to get frequencies of several factors at once

You could use a variant of apply(), probably sapply

For example
d <- as.data.frame( matrix(sample(0:1, 200, replace=TRUE), ncol=5))

sapply(d, table)

S Ellison
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Pancho Mulongeni
> Sent: 11 January 2013 11:18
> To: R help
> Subject: [R] Using table to get frequencies of several factors at once
>
> Hi, I have a dataframe with n columns, but I am only looking at five
> of them. And lots of rows, over 700.
> So I would like to find frequencies for each of the numeric columns
> (variables) using the table function. However, is there a fast way to
> produce a frequency table where the 5 rows represent the 5 numeric
> variables and the columns refer to the values (levels) of the
> respective numeric variables, which in this case are 0 and 1.
> The only way I have figured it out is via a for loop:
> m<-seq(218,222,1) #these are columns of the variables in the larger
> dataframe tm<-m[1:5] #I need this for the for loop
> l.tm<-length(tm)
> B<-matrix(nrow=l.tm,ncol=2)  #the matrix to hold the freqs for (p in
> 1:l.tm) { var.num<-m[p]
> B[p,]<-table(DATA[,var.num])
> }
>
> > B
>      [,1] [,2]
> [1,]  697    9
> [2,]  512  194
> [3,]  604  102
> [4,]  700    6
> [5,]  706  706
> So the rows represent my five variables (columns) that occupy
> columns 218 through 222 in the DATA dataframe.
> So the second column represents my frequencies of the value
> 1, which is what I am interested in. The last row has a
> double entry, because there was only one value, 0, with a
> freq of 706 and so R duplicated in the two columns, but
> that's ok, I can just ignore it.
>
> So is there are better way to do this? Is there a way to use
> the so called tapply function? I struggle to understand the
> help doc for this.function.
>
>
> Pancho Mulongeni
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