[R] Spearman rank-order correlation matrix

Russell Senior seniorr at aracnet.com
Tue May 7 01:52:32 CEST 2002

I"ve got a data frame with a selection of columns I want to compute a
rank-order correlation matrix from without disturbing the original
data frame.


What I wanted to do, intuitively, was:

  > cor(rank(foo[,c("a","b","d","f","g")]))

but rank in that context ranks all of the values from the matrix
together as one long vector.  I want the columns (and their names) to
be preserved, just replacing the value with its rank.  What is the
most direct way to get what I want?


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