[R] Calculate the median age interval

Jose Iparraguirre Jose.Iparraguirre at ageuk.org.uk
Mon Jan 12 12:06:19 CET 2015

Dear Erik,

There may be more elegant solutions, but try this:

a. Create a data frame with your data, for example

data <- data.frame(agegrp, y1994, y1995, y1996)

b. Then use the which function:


Hope it helps,


Prof. José Iparraguirre
Chief Economist
Age UK

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From: R-help [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Erik B Svensson
Sent: 12 January 2015 10:33
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Subject: [R] Calculate the median age interval

I've got a problem I don't know how to solve. I have got a dataset that contains age intervals (age groups) of people and the number of persons in each age group each year (y1994-y1996). The number of persons varies each year. I only have access to the age intervals, not the age of each person, which would make things easier.

I want to know the median age interval (not the median number) for each year. Let's say that in y1994 23 corresponds to the median age interval "45-54", I want to "45-54" as a result. How is that done?

This is the sample dataset:

agegrp <-
y1994 <- c(0,5,7,9,25,44,23,32,40,36,8)
y1995 <- c(2,4,1,7,20,39,32,18,21,23,5)
y1996 <- c(1,3,1,4,22,37,41,24,24,26,8)

I look forward to your response

Best regards,
Erik Svensson

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