[R] aggregating along bins and bin-quantiles

Ivan Alves papucho at mac.com
Tue Oct 21 00:44:46 CEST 2008

Apologies, just a typo in the first instruction (when translating the  
names), the question is still valid

On 21 Oct 2008, at 00:38, Ivan Alves wrote:

> Dear all,
> I would like to aggregate a data frame (consisting of 2 columns - one
> for the bins, say factors, and one for the values) along bins and
> quantiles within the bins.
> I have tried
> aggregate(data.frame$values, list(bin = data.frame
> $bin,Quantile=cut2(data.frame$values,g=10)),sum)
> but then the quantiles apply to the population as a whole and not the
> individual bins. Upon this realisation I have tried
> aggregate(data.frame$values, list(bin = data.frame
> $bin,Quantile=tapply(data.frame$values,data.frame$bin,cut2,g=10)),sum)
> which gives the following error:
> Error in sort.list(unique.default(x), na.last = TRUE) :
>   'x' must be atomic for 'sort.list'
> Have you called 'sort' on a list?
> clearly I am doing something wrong, but cannot figure out what.  I
> believe the error stems either from a. the output of tapply being a
> list of a dimension equal to the number of bins, and not a list of
> equal dimension as the values, or b. that somehow aggregate does not
> like that the second list (of the quantiles within the bins which do  
> not  appear to be
> sorted nicely)
> 1. Do you have a reference for doing the summation on both bins and
> quantiles within the bins?
> 2. If not, can you give me some guidance as to what I am doing wrong
> and how I can solve the sort/list issue?
> Any help would be greatly appreciated
> Kind regards,
> Ivan Alves
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