# [R] calculating correlation coefficients on repeated measures

Keith Larson keith.larson at biol.lu.se
Mon Dec 19 07:23:41 CET 2011

```Dear list,

I have 9 repeated measures (measurement variable ==  'Delta13C') for
individuals (ID variable == 'Individual_ID'. Each repeated measure is
"indexed" (right term?) by the variable 'FeatherPosition' and given as
c('P1', 'P2', 'P3', 'P4', 'P5', 'P6', 'P7', 'P8', 'P9'). I would like
to calculate a correlation coefficient (r) and p.value for all
measures of 'Delta13C' by individual. the function 'cor' only seems to
work when comparing two individual measures (e.g. P1 and P2, P2 and
P3, etc.) and only if I restructure my table. Any suggestions:

In SAS with 'proc corr' I would like results that look like:

Individual ID, r, p
WW_08I_01,-0.03,0.94
WW_08I_03,0.53,0.14

Trying to get started in R!
Keith

Sample dataset:

WW_Sample_SI <-
structure(list(Individual_ID = structure(c(1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L,
1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L, 2L), .Label = c("WW_08I_01",
"WW_08I_03"), class = "factor"), FeatherPosition = structure(c(1L,
2L, 3L, 4L, 5L, 6L, 7L, 8L, 9L, 1L, 2L, 3L, 4L, 5L, 6L, 7L, 8L,
9L), .Label = c("P1", "P2", "P3", "P4", "P5", "P6", "P7", "P8",
"P9"), class = "factor"), Delta13C = c(-18.3, -18.53, -19.55,
-20.18, -20.96, -21.08, -21.5, -17.42, -13.18, -22.3, -22.2,
-22.18, -22.14, -21.55, -20.85, -23.1, -20.75, -20.9)), .Names =
c("Individual_ID",
"FeatherPosition", "Delta13C"), class = "data.frame", row.names = c("1",
"2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9", "10", "11", "12", "13",
"14", "15", "16", "17", "18"))

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Keith Larson, PhD Student
Evolutionary Ecology, Lund University
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