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Basic Statistics in R

Posted by Diego em Dezembro 11, 2014



·         First let’s take a look at the data


·         We’ll be playing with the temperature variable so, to make things easier, let’s load it into a variable:

temp =airquality[,4]


·         Then let’s do a simple plot sorted by the temperature:

plot (sort(temp), xlab="Index", ylab = 'Temperature')


·         We can check the minimum, maximum, median and first and third quartile by creating a box plot:



Or simply by running:


   Min. 1st Qu.  Median    Mean 3rd Qu.    Max. 
  56.00   72.00   79.00   77.88   85.00   97.00 



·         A functionality that I like a lot is adding a line connecting the points on the plot. Since we have a lot of points, I’ll be plotting the first 10 by doing temp[1:10] to better visualize the result. That can be achieved by using the “type = b” parameter

plot (sort(temp[1:10]), xlab="Index", ylab = 'Temperature', type = 'b')


·         The mean of the values can be calculated by the mean command. But let’s say we have an outlier on our dataset (this doesn’t make much sense on temperature, but it makes a lot of sense with salaries for example, where one person can earn a lot more than everyone else). A number that is so big, that we want to remove it because it is affecting mean calculation. To simulate that, I’ll sort the temp data and add an outlier with the “c” command:

temp2 <-sort(temp) #sort the data
temp2 <- c (temp2, 5000) # adds a new value to the integer vector


Then we can use the trim command which, in this case, removes 5% of the observations (from the top and the bottom)

[1] 109.8442
mean(temp2, trim=0.05)
[1] 78.19286
[1] 77.88235



We can see that the second mean looks a lot closer to the actual mean than the first one.


·         Few other useful functions:

o   Range:

range (temp)
[1] 56 97

max(temp) - min(temp)
[1] 41

o   IQR (Interquartile range): difference between the third quartile and the first quartile

[1] 13

o   Variance 
[1] 89.59133

o   Standard Deviation:

[1] 9.46527
[1] 9.46527
[1] 9.5



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