# [R] Using R for processing computer performance data

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Sun Apr 29 19:50:37 CEST 2001

```"Peter Gallanis" <peter at gallanis.com> writes:

> Thank you for the quick reply, and direction.  I must still be missing
> something though, because I am receiving an error when I try to use by or
> tapply.  Can you please see if I'm doing something correctly in the dialog
> is listed below.
>
> > diskactF<-factor(diskact\$device)
> > by(diskact\$busy, diskactF, boxplot)
> Error in Summary.factor(..., na.rm = na.rm) :
>         "range" not meaningful for factors
> 1: "+" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x[floor(d)], x[ceiling(d)])
> 2: "<" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x, (stats[2] - coef * iqr))
> 3: ">" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x, (stats[4] + coef * iqr))
> > tapply(diskact\$busy, diskactF, boxplot)
> Error in Summary.factor(..., na.rm = na.rm) :
>         "range" not meaningful for factors
> 1: "+" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x[floor(d)], x[ceiling(d)])
> 2: "<" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x, (stats[2] - coef * iqr))
> 3: ">" not meaningful for factors in: Ops.factor(x, (stats[4] + coef * iqr))
> >

by() isn't really designed to be used like that. First argument would
be a data frame and the function would be something working on an
entire frame.

However, the tapply looks as if it should work (and I wouldn't be
surprised if by() was essentially equivalent to tapply when used that
way). The error you are getting is what you get for attempting to use
boxplot() on a factor variable, which would indicate that something is
variables into factors if they contain *any* values that cannot be
interpreted as numeric (or missing -- notice the na.strings argument).

Apart from that, I suspect that what you really want is

boxplot(Busy~device, data=diskact)

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