[R] row selection based on median in data frame

Ed L Cashin ecashin at uga.edu
Thu Apr 1 05:22:22 CEST 2004

Hi.  I am having trouble thinking of an easy way to grab rows out of a
data frame.  I want to select the rows with a median value when the
rows are similar.

A simple example is this table, which I could read into a data frame.
I would like to find a new data frame with only the rows with a median
value for the "c" column given a certain "a" value.

For example, the c values for deadlift rows are 13, 8, and 5, so the
row with a c value of 8 should show up in the output.

        a          b          c
     1	deadlift   7          13 
     2	squat      7          24
     3	clean      7          10
     4	deadlift   8           8
     5	squat      8          20
     6	clean      8           2
     7  deadlift   9           5
     8  squat      9          32
     9  clean      9          19


        a          b          c
     4	deadlift   8           8
     5	squat      8          20
     3	clean      7          10

It's more complicated in my case, because I have not just one "a"
column, but about eight columns that have to be the same.  I can do
this with clumsy loops, but I wonder whether there's a better way.

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