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The Guide
Version 2.5
W. J. Owen
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Richmond
© W. J. Owen 2010. A license is granted for personal study and classroom use.
Redistribution in any other form is prohibited. Comments/questions can be sent to
wowen@richmond.edu.
“Humans are good, she knew, at discerning subtle patterns that are really there, but equally so
at imagining them when they are altogether absent.”  Carl Sagan (1985) Contact
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Preface
This document is an introduction to the program R. Although it could be a companion
manuscript for an introductory statistics course, it is designed to be used in a course on
mathematical statistics.
The purpose of this document is to introduce many of the basic concepts and nuances of the
language so that users can avoid a slow learning curve. The best way to use this manual is to
use a “learn by doing” approach. Try the examples and exercises in the Chapters and aim to
understand what works and what doesn’t. In addition, some topics and special features of R
have been added for the interested reader and to facilitate the subject matter.
The most uptodate version of this manuscript can be found at
http://www.mathcs.richmond.edu/~wowen/TheRGuide.pdf.
Font Conventions
This document is typed using Times New Roman font. However, when R code is presented,
referenced, or when R output is given, we use 10 point Bold Courier New Font.
Acknowledgements
Much of this document started from class handouts. Those were augmented by including
new material and prose to add continuity between the topics and to expand on various
themes. We thank the large group of R contributors and other existing sources of
documentation where some inspiration and ideas used in this document were borrowed. We
also acknowledge the R Core team for their hard work with the software.
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Contents
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1. Overview and history
1.1 What is R?
1.2 Starting and Quitting R
1.3 A Simple Example: the c() Function and Vector Assignment
1.4 The Workspace
1.5 Getting Help
1.6 More on Functions in R
1.7 Printing and Saving Your Work
1.8 Other Sources of Reference
1.9 Exercises
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2. My Big Fat Greek Calculator
2.1 Basic Math
2.2 Vector Arithmetic
2.3 Matrix Operations
2.4 Exercises
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3. Getting Data into R
3.1 Sequences
3.2 Reading in Data: Single Vectors
3.3 Data frames
3.3.1 Creating Data Frames
3.3.2 Datasets Included with R
3.3.3 Accessing Portions of a Data Frame
3.3.4 Reading in Datasets
3.3.5 Data files in formats other than ASCII text
3.4 Exercises
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4. Introduction to Graphics
4.1 The Graphics Window
4.2 Two Generic Graphing Functions
4.2.1 The plot() function
4.2.2 The curve() function
4.3 Graph Embellishments
4.4 Changing Graphics Parameters
4.5 Exercises
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5. Summarizing Data
5.1 Numerical Summaries
5.2 Graphical Summaries
5.3 Exercises
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6. Probability, Distributions, and Simulation
6.1 Distribution Functions in R
6.2 A Simulation Application: Monte Carlo Integration
6.3 Graphing Distributions
6.3.1 Discrete Distributions
6.3.2 Continuous Distributions
6.4 Random Sampling
6.5 Exercises
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7. Statistical Methods
7.1 One and Twosample ttests
7.2 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
7.2.1 Factor Variables
7.2.2 The ANOVA Table
7.2.3 Multiple Comparisons
7.3 Linear Regression
7.4 Chisquare Tests
7.4.1 Goodness of Fit
7.4.2 Contingency Tables
7.5 Other Tests
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8. Advanced Topics
8.1 Scripts
8.2 Control Flow
8.3 Writing Functions
8.4 Numerical Methods
8.5 Exercises
Appendix: Wellknown probability density/mass functions in R
References
Index
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1. Overview and History
Functions and quantities introduced in this Chapter: apropos(), c(), FALSE or F,
help(), log(), ls(), matrix(), q(), rm(), TRUE or T
1.1 What is R?
R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation, simulation, calculation
and graphical display. It handles and analyzes data very effectively and it contains a suite of
operators for calculations on arrays and matrices. In addition, it has the graphical capabilities
for very sophisticated graphs and data displays. Finally, it is an elegant, objectoriented
programming language.
R is an independent, opensource, and free implementation of the S programming language.
Today, the commercial product is called SPLUS and it is distributed by the Insightful
Corporation. The S language, which was written in the mid1970s, was a product of Bell
Labs (of AT&T and now Lucent Technologies) and was originally a program for the Unix
operating system. R is available in Windows and Macintosh versions, as well as in various
flavors of Unix and Linux. Although there are some minor differences between R and S
PLUS (mostly in the graphical user interface), they are essentially identical.
The R project was started by Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka (that’s where the name “R” is
derived) from the Statistics Department in the University of Auckland in 1995. The software
has quickly gained a widespread audience. It is currently maintained by the R Core
development team – a hardworking, international group of volunteer developers. The R
project web page is
http://www.rproject.org
This is the main site for information on R. Here, you can find information on obtaining the
software, get documentation, read FAQs, etc. For downloading the software directly, you
can visit the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) in the U.S. at
http://cran.us.rproject.org/
New versions of the software are released periodically.
1.2 Starting and Quitting R
The easiest way to use R is in an interactive manner via the command line. After the
software is installed on a Windows or Macintosh machine, you simply double click the R
icon (in Unix/Linux, type R from the command prompt). When R is started, the program’s
“Gui” (graphical user interface) window appears. Under the opening message in the R
Console is the > (“greater than”) prompt. For the most part, statements in R are typed
directly into the R Console window.
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Once R has started, you should be greeted with a command line similar to
R version 2.9.1 (20090626)
Copyright (C) 2009 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
ISBN 3900051070
R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.
Natural language support but running in an English locale
R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type 'contributors()' for more information and
'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.
Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for online help, or
'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
Type 'q()' to quit R.
>
At the > prompt, you tell R what you want it to do. You give R a command and R does the
work and gives the answer. If your command is too long to fit on a line or if you submit an
incomplete command, a “+” is used for the continuation prompt.
To quit R, type q() or use the Exit option in the File menu.
1.3 A Simple Example: the c() Function and the Assignment Operator
A useful command in R for entering small data sets is the c() function. This function
combines terms together. For example, suppose the following represents eight tosses of a fair
die:
2 5 1 6 5 5 4 1
To enter this into an R session, we type
> dieroll < c(2,5,1,6,5,5,4,1)
> dieroll
[1] 2 5 1 6 5 5 4 1
>
Notice a few things:
 We assigned the values to a variable called dieroll. R is case sensitive, so you
could have another variable called DiEroLL and it would be distinct. The name of a
variable can contain most combination of letters, numbers, and periods (.).
(Obviously, a variable can’t be named with all numbers, though.)
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 The assignment operator is “<”; to be specific, this is composed of a < (“less than”)
and a – (“minus” or “dash”) typed together. It is usually read as “gets” – the variable
dieroll gets the value c(2,5,1,6,5,5,4,1). Alternatively, as of R version 1.4.0,
you can use “=” as the assignment operator.
 The value of dieroll doesn’t automatically print out. But, it does when we type just
the name on the input line as seen above.
 The value of dieroll is prefaced with a [1]. This indicates that the value is a vector
(more on this later).
When entering commands in R, you can save yourself a lot of typing when you learn to use
the arrow keys effectively. Each command you submit is stored in the History and the up
arrow () will navigate backwards along this history and the down arrow () forwards. The
left (÷) and right arrow (÷) keys move backwards and forwards along the command line.
These keys combined with the mouse for cutting/pasting can make it very easy to edit and
execute previous commands.
1.4 The Workspace
All variables or “objects” created in R are stored in what’s called the workspace. To see
what variables are in the workspace, you can use the function ls() to list them (this function
doesn’t need any argument between the parentheses). Currently, we only have:
> ls()
[1] "dieroll"
If we define a new variable – a simple function of the variable dieroll – it will be added to
the workspace:
> newdieroll < dieroll/2 # divide every element by two
> newdieroll
[1] 1.0 2.5 0.5 3.0 2.5 2.5 2.0 0.5
> ls()
[1] "dieroll" "newdieroll"
Notice a few more things:
 The new variable newdieroll has been assigned the value of dieroll divided by 2
– more about algebraic expressions is given in the next session.
 You can add a comment to a command line by beginning it with the # character. R
ignores everything on an input line after a #.
To remove objects from the workspace (you’ll want to do this occasionally when your
workspace gets too cluttered), use the rm() function:
> rm(newdieroll) # this was a silly variable anyway
> ls()
[1] "dieroll"
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In Windows, you can clear the entire workspace via the “Remove all objects” option under
the “Misc” menu. However, this is dangerous – more likely than not you will want to keep
some things and delete others.
When exiting R, the software asks if you would like to save your workspace image. If you
click yes, all objects (both new ones created in the current session and others from earlier
sessions) will be available during your next session. If you click no, all new objects will be
lost and the workspace will be restored to the last time the image was saved. Get in the
habit of saving your work – it will probably help you in the future.
1.5 Getting Help
There is text help available from within R using the function help() or the ? character typed
before a command. If you have questions about any function in this manual, see the
corresponding help file. For example, suppose you would like to learn more about the
function log() in R. The following two commands result in the same thing:
> help(log)
> ?log
In a Windows or Macintosh system, a Help Window opens with the following:
log package:base R Documentation
Logarithms and Exponentials
Description:
`log' computes natural logarithms, `log10' computes common (i.e.,
base 10) logarithms, and `log2' computes binary (i.e., base 2)
logarithms. The general form `logb(x, base)' computes logarithms
with base `base' (`log10' and `log2' are only special cases).
. . . (skipped material)
Usage:
log(x, base = exp(1))
logb(x, base = exp(1))
log10(x)
log2(x)
. . .
Arguments:
x: a numeric or complex vector.
base: positive number. The base with respect to which
logarithms are computed. Defaults to e=`exp(1)'.
Value:
A vector of the same length as `x' containing the transformed
values. `log(0)' gives `Inf' (when available).
. . .
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So, we see that the log() function in R is the logarithm function from mathematics. This
function takes two arguments: “x” is the variable or object that will be taken the logarithm of
and “base” defines which logarithm is calculated. Note that base is defaulted to e =
2.718281828.., which is the natural logarithm. We also see that there are other associated
functions, namely log10() and log2() for the calculation of base 10 and 2 (respectively)
logarithms. Some examples:
> log(100)
[1] 4.60517
> log2(16) # same as log(16,base=2) or just log(16,2)
[1] 4
> log(1000,base=10) # same as log10(1000)
[1] 3
>
Due to the object oriented nature of R, we can also use the log() function to calculate the
logarithm of numerical vectors and matrices:
> log2(c(1,2,3,4)) # log base 2 of the vector (1,2,3,4)
[1] 0.000000 1.000000 1.584963 2.000000
>
Help can also be accessed from the menu on the R Console. This includes both the text help
and help that you can access via a web browser. You can also perform a keyword search
with the function apropos(). As an example, to find all functions in R that contain the
string norm, type:
> apropos("norm")
[1] "dlnorm" "dnorm" "plnorm" "pnorm" "qlnorm"
[6] "qnorm" "qqnorm" "qqnorm.default" "rlnorm" "rnorm"
>
Note that we put the keyword in double quotes, but single quotes ('') will also work.
1.6 More on Functions in R
We have already seen a few functions at this point, but R has an incredible number of
functions that are built into the software, and you even have the ability to write your own (see
Chapter 8). Most functions will return something, and functions usually require one or more
input values. In order to understand how to generally use functions in R, let’s consider the
function matrix(). A call to the help file gives the following:
Matrices
Description:
'matrix' creates a matrix from the given set of values.
Usage:
matrix(data = NA, nrow = 1, ncol = 1, byrow = FALSE)
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Arguments:
data: the data vector
nrow: the desired number of rows
ncol: the desired number of columns
byrow: logical. If `FALSE' the matrix is filled by columns,
otherwise the matrix is filled by rows.
...
So, we see that this is a function that takes vectors and turns them into matrix objects. There
are 4 arguments for this function, and they specify the entries and the size of the matrix
object to be created. The argument byrow is set to be either TRUE or FALSE (or T or F – either
are allowed for logicals) to specify how the values are filled in the matrix.
Often arguments for functions will have default values, and we see that all of the arguments
in the matrix() function do. So, the call
> matrix()
will return a matrix that has one row, one column, with the single entry NA (missing or “not
available”). However, the following is more interesting:
> a < c(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
> A < matrix(a,nrow=2,ncol=4, byrow=FALSE) # a is different from A
> A
[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4]
[1,] 1 3 5 7
[2,] 2 4 6 8
>
Note that we could have left off the byrow=FALSE argument, since this is the default value.
In addition, since there is a specified ordering to the arguments in the function, we also could
have typed
> A < matrix(a,2,4)
to get the same result. For the most part, however, it is best to include the argument names in
a function call (especially when you aren’t using the default values) so that you don’t confuse
yourself. We will learn more about this function in the next chapter.
1.7 Printing and Saving Your Work
You can print directly from the R Console by selecting “Print…” in the File menu, but this
will capture everything (including errors) from your session. Alternatively, you can copy
what you need and paste it into a word processor or text editor (suggestion: use Courier
font so that the formatting is identical to the R Console). In addition, you can save
everything in the R Console by using the “Save to File…” command.
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1.8 Other Sources of Reference
It would be impossible to describe all of R in a document of manageable size. But, there are
a number of tutorials, manuals, and books that can help with learning to use R. Happily, like
the program itself, much of what you can find is free. Here are some examples of
documentation that are available:
 The R program: From the Help menu you can access the manuals that come with the
software. These are written by the R core development team. Some are very lengthy
and specific, but the manual “An Introduction to R” is a good source of useful
information.
 Free Documentation: The CRAN website has several user contributed documents in
several languages. These include:
R for Beginners by Emmanuel Paradis (76 pages). A good overview of the software
with some nice descriptions of the graphical capabilities of R. The author assumes
that the reader knows some statistical methods.
R reference card by Tom Short (4 pages). This is a great desk companion when
working with R.
 Books: These you have to buy, but they are excellent! Some examples:
Introductory Statistics with R by Peter Dalgaard, SpringerVerlag (2002). Peter is a
member of the R Core team and this book is a fantastic reference that includes both
elementary and some advanced statistical methods in R.
Modern Applied Statistics with S, 4
th
Ed. by W.N. Venable and B.D. Ripley,
SpringerVerlag (2002). The authoritative guide to the S programming language for
advanced statistical methods.
1.9 Exercises
1. Use the help system to find information on the R functions mean and median.
2. Get a list of all the functions in R that contains the string test.
3. Create the vector info that contains your age, height (in inches/cm), and phone
number.
4. Create the matrix Ident defined as a 3x3 identity matrix.
5. Save your work from this session in the file 1stR.txt.
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2. My Big Fat Greek
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Calculator
Functions, operators, and constants introduced in this Chapter: +, , *, /, ^, %*%,
abs(), as.matrix(), choose(), cos(), cumprod(), cumsum(), det(), diff(),
dim(), eigen(), exp(), factorial(), gamma(), length(), pi, prod(), sin(),
solve(), sort(), sqrt(), sum(), t(), tan().
2.1 Basic Math
One of the simplest (but very useful) ways to use R is as a powerful number cruncher. By
that I mean using R to perform standard mathematical calculations. The R language includes
the usual arithmetic operations: +,,*,/,^. Some examples:
> 2+3
[1] 5
> 3/2
[1] 1.5
> 2^3 # this also can be written as 2**3
[1] 8
> 4^23*2 # this is simply 16  6
[1] 10
> (5614)/6 – 4*7*10/(5^25) # this is more complicated
[1] 7
Other standard functions that are found on most calculators are available in R:
Name Operation
sqrt() square root
abs() absolute value
sin(), cos(), tan() trig functions (radians) – type ?Trig for others
pi the number t = 3.1415926..
exp(), log() exponential and logarithm
gamma() Euler’s gamma function
factorial() factorial function
choose() combination
> sqrt(2)
[1] 1.414214
> abs(24)
[1] 2
> cos(4*pi)
[1] 1
> log(0) # not defined
[1] Inf
> factorial(6) # 6!
[1] 720
> choose(52,5) # this is 52!/(47!*5!)
[1] 2598960
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Ahem. The Greek letters E and H are used to denote sums and products, respectively. Signomi.
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2.2 Vector Arithmetic
Vectors can be manipulated in a similar manner to scalars by using the same functions
introduced in the last section. (However, one must be careful when adding or subtracting
vectors of different lengths or some unexpected results may occur.) Some examples of such
operations are:
> x < c(1,2,3,4)
> y < c(5,6,7,8)
> x*y
[1] 5 12 21 32
> y/x
[1] 5.000000 3.000000 2.333333 2.000000
> yx
[1] 4 4 4 4
> x^y
[1] 1 64 2187 65536
> cos(x*pi) + cos(y*pi)
[1] 2 2 2 2
>
Other useful functions that pertain to vectors include:
Name Operation
length() returns the number of entries in a vector
sum() calculates the arithmetic sum of all values in the vector
prod() calculates the product of all values in the vector
cumsum(), cumprod() cumulative sums and products
sort() sort a vector
diff() computes suitably lagged (default is 1) differences
Some examples using these functions:
> s < c(1,1,3,4,7,11)
> length(s)
[1] 6
> sum(s) # 1+1+3+4+7+11
[1] 27
> prod(s) # 1*1*3*4*7*11
[1] 924
> cumsum(s)
[1] 1 2 5 9 16 27
> diff(s) # 11, 31, 43, 74, 117
[1] 0 2 1 3 4
> diff(s, lag = 2) # 31, 41, 73, 114
[1] 2 3 4 7
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2.3 Matrix Operations
Among the many powerful features of R is its ability to perform matrix operations. As we
have seen in the last chapter, you can create matrix objects from vectors of numbers using the
matrix() command:
> a < c(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
> A < matrix(a, nrow = 5, ncol = 2) # fill in by column
> A
[,1] [,2]
[1,] 1 6
[2,] 2 7
[3,] 3 8
[4,] 4 9
[5,] 5 10
> B < matrix(a, nrow = 5, ncol = 2, byrow = TRUE) # fill in by row
> B
[,1] [,2]
[1,] 1 2
[2,] 3 4
[3,] 5 6
[4,] 7 8
[5,] 9 10
> C < matrix(a, nrow = 2, ncol = 5, byrow = TRUE)
> C
[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4] [,5]
[1,] 1 2 3 4 5
[2,] 6 7 8 9 10
>
Matrix operations (multiplication, transpose, etc.) can easily be performed in R using a few
simple functions like:
Name Operation
dim() dimension of the matrix (number of rows and columns)
as.matrix() used to coerce an argument into a matrix object
%*% matrix multiplication
t() matrix transpose
det() determinant of a square matrix
solve() matrix inverse; also solves a system of linear equations
eigen() computes eigenvalues and eigenvectors
Using the matrices A, B, and C just created, we can have some linear algebra fun using the
above functions:
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> t(C) # this is the same as A!!
[,1] [,2]
[1,] 1 6
[2,] 2 7
[3,] 3 8
[4,] 4 9
[5,] 5 10
> B%*%C
[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4] [,5]
[1,] 13 16 19 22 25
[2,] 27 34 41 48 55
[3,] 41 52 63 74 85
[4,] 55 70 85 100 115
[5,] 69 88 107 126 145
> D < C%*%B
> D
[,1] [,2]
[1,] 95 110
[2,] 220 260
> det(D)
[1] 500
> solve(D) # this is D
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[,1] [,2]
[1,] 0.52 0.22
[2,] 0.44 0.19
>
2.4 Exercises
Use R to compute the following:
1.
2 3
3 2 ÷ .
2. e
e
.
3. (2.3)
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+ ln(7.5) – cos(t/ 2 ).
4. Let A =



.

\

5 2 7 4
4 6 1 2
2 3 2 1
, B =





.

\

2 1 5 1
3 7 4 2
4 3 1 0
2 5 3 1
. Find AB
1
and BA
T
.
5. The dot product of [2, 5, 6, 7] and [1, 3, 1, 1].
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3. Getting Data into R
Functions and operators introduced in this section: $, :, attach(), attributes(),
data(), data.frame(), edit(), file.choose(), fix(), read.table(), rep(),
scan(), search(), seq()
We have already seen how the combine function c() in R can make a simple vector of
numerical values. This function can also be used to construct a vector of text values:
> mykids < c("Stephen", "Christopher") # put text in quotes
> mykids
[1] "Stephen" "Christopher"
As we will see, there are many other ways to create vectors and datasets in R.
3.1 Sequences
Sometimes we will need to create a string of numerical values that have a regular pattern.
Instead of typing the sequence out, we can define the pattern using some special operators
and functions.
 The colon operator :
The colon operator creates a vector of numbers (between two specified numbers) that
are one unit apart:
> 1:9
[1] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
> 1.5:10 # you won’t get to 10 here
[1] 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5
> c(1.5:10,10) # we can attach it to the end this way
[1] 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.0
> prod(1:8) # same as factorial(8)
[1] 40320
 The sequence function seq()
The sequence function can create a string of values with any increment you wish.
You can either specify the incremental value or the desired length of the sequence:
> seq(1,5) # same as 1:5
[1] 1 2 3 4 5
> seq(1,5,by=.5) # increment by 0.5
[1] 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0
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> seq(1,5,length=7) # figure out the increment for this length
[1] 1.00000 1.66667 2.33333 3.00000 3.66667 4.33333 5.00000
 The replicate function rep()
The replicate function can repeat a value or a sequence of values a specified number
of times:
> rep(10,10) # repeat the value 10 ten times
[1] 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
> rep(c("A","B","C","D"),2) # repeat the string A,B,C,D twice
[1] "A" "B" "C" "D" "A" "B" "C" "D"
> matrix(rep(0,16),nrow=4) # a 4x4 matrix of zeroes
[,1] [,2] [,3] [,4]
[1,] 0 0 0 0
[2,] 0 0 0 0
[3,] 0 0 0 0
[4,] 0 0 0 0
>
3.2 Reading in Data: Single Vectors
When entering a larger array of values, the c() function can be unwieldy. Alternatively, data
can be read directly from the keyboard by using the scan() function. This is useful since
data values need only be separated by a blank space (although this can be changed in the
arguments of the function). Also, by default the function expects numerical inputs, but you
can specify others by using the “what =” option. The syntax is:
> x < scan() # read what is typed into the variable x
When the above is typed in an R session, you get a prompt signifying that R expects you to
type in values to be added to the vector x. The prompt indicates the indexed value in the
vector that it expects to receive. R will stop adding data when you enter a blank row. After
entering a blank row, R will indicate the number of values it read in.
Suppose that we count the number of passengers (not including the driver) in the next 30
automobiles at an intersection:
> passengers < scan()
1: 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 # I hit return
23: 1 3 2 2 3 1 0 3 # I hit return again
31: # I hit return one last time
Read 30 items
> passengers # print out the values
[1] 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 2 2 3 1 0 3
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In addition, the scan() function can be used to read data that is stored (as ASCII text) in an
external file into a vector. To do this, you simply pass the filename (in quotes) to the scan()
function. For example, suppose that the above passenger data was originally saved in a text
file called passengers.txt that is located on a disk drive. To read in this data that is located
on a C: drive, we would simply type
> passengers < scan("C:/passengers.txt")
Read 30 items
>
Notes:
 ALWAYS view the text file first before you read it into R to make sure it is what you
want and formatted appropriately.
 To represent directories or subdirectories, use the forward slash (/), not a backslash (\)
in the path of the filename – even on a Windows system.
 If your computer is connected to the internet, data can also read (contained in a text
file) from a URL using the scan() function. The basic syntax is given by:
> dat < scan("http://www...")
 If the directory name and/or file name contains spaces, we need to take special care
denoting the space character. This is done by including a backslash (\) before the space is
typed.
As an alternative, you can use the function file.choose() in place of the filename. In so
doing, an explorertype window will open and the file can be selected interactively.
More on reading in datasets from external sources is given in the next section.
3.3 Data Frames
3.3.1 Creating Data Frames
Often in statistics, a dataset will contain more than one variable recorded in an experiment.
For example, in the automobile experiment from the last section, other variables might have
been recorded like automobile type (sedan, SUV, minivan, etc.) and driver seatbelt use (Y,
N). A dataset in R is best stored in an object called a data frame. Individual variables are
designated as columns of the data frame and have unique names. However, all of the
columns in a data frame must be of the same length.
You can enter data directly into a data frame by using the builtin data editor. This allows for
an interactive means for dataentry that resembles a spreadsheet. You can access the editor
by using either the edit() or fix() commands:
> new.data < data.frame() # creates an "empty" data frame
> new.data < edit(new.data) # request that changes made are
# written to data frame
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OR
> new.data < data.frame() # creates an "empty" data frame
> fix(new.data) # changes saved automatically
The data editor allows you to add as many variables (columns) to your data frame that you
wish. The column names can be changed from the default var1, var2, etc. by clicking the
column header. At this point, the variable type (either numeric or character) can also be
specified.
When you close the data editor, the edited frame is saved.
You can also create data frames from preexisting variables in the workspace. Suppose that in
the last experiment we also recorded the seatbelt use of the driver: Y = seatbelt worn, N =
seatbelt not worn. This data is entered by (recall that since these data are text based, we need
to put quotes around each data value):
> seatbelt < c("Y","N","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y", # return
+ "N","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y","Y", # return
+ "Y","Y","N","Y","Y","Y","Y")
>
We can combine these variables into a single data frame with the command
> car.dat < data.frame(passengers,seatbelt)
A data frame looks like a matrix when you view it:
> car.dat
passengers seatbelt
1 2 Y
2 4 N
3 0 Y
4 1 Y
5 1 Y
6 2 Y
. . .
The values along the left side are simply the row numbers.
3.3.2 Datasets Included with R
R contains many datasets that are builtin to the software. These datasets are stored as data
frames. To see the list of datasets, type
> data()
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A window will open and the available datasets are listed (many others are accessible from
external userwritten packages, however). To open the dataset called trees, simply type
> data(trees)
After doing so, the data frame trees is now in your workspace. To learn more about this (or
any other included dataset), type help(trees).
3.3.3 Accessing Portions of a Data Frame
You can access single variables in a data frame by using the $ argument. For example, we
see that the trees dataset has three variables:
> trees
Girth Height Volume
1 8.3 70 10.3
2 8.6 65 10.3
3 8.8 63 10.2
4 10.5 72 16.4
5 10.7 81 18.8
. . .
To access single variables in a data frame, use a $ between the data frame and column names:
> trees$Height
[1] 70 65 63 72 81 83 66 75 80 75 79 76 76 69 75 74 85 86 71 64 78
[22] 80 74 72 77 81 82 80 80 80 87
> sum(trees$Height) # sum of just these values
[1] 2356
>
You can also access a specific element or row of data by calling the specific position (in row,
column format) in brackets after the name of the data frame:
> trees[4,3] # entry at forth row, third column
[1] 16.4
> trees[4,] # get the whole forth row
Girth Height Volume
4 10.5 72 16.4
>
Often, we will want to access variables in a data frame, but using the $ argument can get a
little awkward. Fortunately, you can make R find variables in any data frame by adding the
data frame to the search path. For example, to include the variables in the data frame trees
in the search path, type
> attach(trees)
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Now, the variables in trees are accessible without the $ notation:
> Height
[1] 70 65 63 72 81 83 66 75 80 75 79 76 76 69 75 74 85 86 71 64
[21] 78 80 74 72 77 81 82 80 80 80 87
To see exactly what is going on here, we can view the search path by using the search()
command:
> search()
[1] ".GlobalEnv" "trees" "package:methods"
[4] "package:stats" "package:graphics" "package:utils"
[7] "Autoloads" "package:base"
>
Note that the data frame trees is placed as the second item in the search path. This is the
order in which R looks for things when you type in commands. FYI, .GlobalEnv is your
workspace and the package quantities are libraries that contain (among other things) the
functions and datasets that we are learning about in this manual.
To remove an object from the search path, use the detach() command in the same way that
attach() is used. However, note that when you exit R, any objects added to the search path
are removed anyway.
To list the features of any object in R, be it a vector, data frame, etc. use the attributes()
function. For example:
> attributes(trees)
$names
[1] "Girth" "Height" "Volume"
$row.names
[1] "1" "2" "3" "4" "5" "6" "7" "8" "9" "10" "11"
[12] "12" "13" "14" "15" "16" "17" "18" "19" "20" "21" "22"
[23] "23" "24" "25" "26" "27" "28" "29" "30" "31"
$class
[1] "data.frame"
>
Here, we see that the trees object is a data frame with 31 rows and has variable names
corresponding to the measurements taken on each tree.
Lastly, using the variable Height, this is a cool feature:
> Height[Height > 75] # pick off all heights greater than 75
[1] 81 83 80 79 76 76 85 86 78 80 77 81 82 80 80 80 87
>
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3.3.4 Reading in Datasets
A dataset that has been created and stored externally (again, as ASCII text) can be read into a
data frame. Here, we use the function read.table() to load the dataset into a data frame. If
the first line of the text file contains the names of the variables in the dataset (which is often
the case), R can take those as the names of the variables in the data frame. This is specified
with the header = T option in the function call. If no header is included in a file, you can
ignore this option and R will use the default variable names for a data frame. Filenames are
specified in the same way as the scan() function, or the file.choose() function can be
used to select the file interactively. For example, the function call
> smith < read.table(file.choose(), header=T)
would read in data from a userspecified text file where the first line of the file designates the
names of the variables in the data frame. For CSV files, the function read.csv() is used in
a similar fashion.
3.3.5 Data files in formats other than ASCII text
If you have a file that is in a softwarespecific format (e.g. Excel, SPSS, etc.), there are R
functions that can be used to import the data in R. The manual “R Data Import/Export”
accessible on the R Project website addresses this. However, since most programs allow you
to save data files as a tab delimited text files, this is usually preferred.
3.4 Exercises
1. Generate the following sequences in R:
a. 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
b. 10.00000 10.04545 10.09091 10.13636 10.18182 10.22727 10.27273
10.31818 10.36364 10.40909 10.45455 10.50000
c. "1" "2" "3" "banana" "1" "2" "3" "banana"
2. Using the scan() function, enter 10 numbers (picked at random between 1 and 100)
into a vector called blahblah.
3. Create a data frame called schedule with the following variables:
coursenumber: the course numbers of your classes this semester (e.g. 329)
coursedays: meeting days (either MWF, TR, etc.)
grade: your anticipated grade (A, B, C, D, or F)
4. Load in the stackloss dataset from within R and save the variables Water.Temp and
Acid.Conc. in a data frame called tempacid.
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4. Introduction to Graphics
One of the greatest powers of R is its graphical capabilities (see the exercises section in this
chapter for some amazing demonstrations). In this chapter, some of these features will be
briefly explored.
4.1 The Graphics Window
When pictures are created in R, they are presented in the active graphical device or window
(for the Mac, it’s the Quartz device). If no such window is open when a graphical function is
executed, R will open one. Some features of the graphics window:
 You can print directly from the graphics window, or choose to copy the graph to the
clipboard and paste it into a word processor. There, you can also resize the graph to
fit your needs. A graph can also be saved in many other formats, including pdf,
bitmap, metafile, jpeg, or postscript.
 Each time a new plot is produced in the graphics window, the old one is lost. In MS
Windows, you can save a “history” of your graphs by activating the Recording
feature under the History menu (seen when the graphics window is active). You can
access old graphs by using the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys. Alternatively, you
can simply open a new active graphics window (by using the function x11() in
Windows/Unix and quartz() on a Mac).
4.2 Two Basic Graphing Functions
There are many functions in R that produce graphs, and they range from the very basic to the
very advanced and intricate. In this section, two basic functions will be profiled, and
information on ways to embellish plots will be given in the sections that follow. Other
graphical functions will be described in Chapter 5.
4.2.1 The plot() Function
The most common function used to graph anything in R is the plot() function. This is a
generic function that can be used for scatterplots, timeseries plots, function graphs, etc. If a
single vector object is given to plot(), the values are plotted on the yaxis against the row
numbers or index. If two vector objects (of the same length) are given, a bivariate scatterplot
is produced. For example, consider again the dataset trees in R. To visualize the
relationship between Height and Volume, we can draw a scatterplot:
> plot(Height, Volume) # object trees is in the search path
The plot appears in the graphics window:
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Notice that the format here is the first variable is plotted along the horizontal axis and the
second variable is plotted along the vertical axis. By default, the variable names are listed
along each axis.
This graph is pretty basic, but the plot() function can allow for some pretty snazzy window
dressing by changing the function arguments from the default values. These include adding
titles/subtitles, changing the plotting character/color (over 600 colors are available!), etc. See
?par for an overwhelming lists of these options.
This function will be used again in the succeeding chapters.
4.2.2 The curve() Function
To graph a continuous function over a specified range of values, the curve() function can be
used (although interestingly curve() actually calls the plot() function). The basic use of
this function is:
curve(expr, from, to, add = FALSE, ...)
Arguments:
expr: an expression written as a function of 'x'
from, to: the range over which the function will be plotted.
add: logical; if 'TRUE' add to already existing plot.
Note that it is necessary that the expr argument is always written as a function of 'x'. If the
argument add is set to TRUE, the function graph will be overlaid on the current graph in the
graphics window (this useful feature will be illustrated in Chapter 6).
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For example, the curve() function can be used to plot the sine function from 0 to 2t:
> curve(sin(x), from = 0, to = 2*pi)
4.3 Graph Embellishments
In addition to standard graphics functions, there are a host of other functions that can be used
to add features to a drawn graph in the graphics window. These include (see each function’s
help file for more information):
Function Operation
abline() adds a straight line with specified intercept and slope (or draw a
vertical or horizontal line)
arrows() adds an arrow at a specified coordinate
lines() adds lines between coordinates
points() adds points at specified coordinates (also for overlaying
scatterplots)
rug() adds a “rug” representation to one axis of the plot
segments() similar to lines() above
text() adds text (possibly inside the plotting region)
title() adds main titles, subtitles, etc. with other options
The plot used on the cover page of this document includes some of these additional features
applied to the graph in Section 4.2.1.
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4.4 Changing Graphics Parameters
There is still more fine tuning available for altering the graphics settings. To make changes
to how plots appear in the graphics window itself, or to have every graphic created in the
graphics window follow a specified form, the default graphical parameters can be changed
using the par() function. There are over 70 graphics parameters that can be adjusted, so
only a few will be mentioned here. Some very useful ones are given below:
> par(mfrow = c(2, 2)) # gives a 2 x 2 layout of plots
> par(lend = 1) # gives "butt" line end caps for line plots
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> par(bg = "cornsilk") # plots drawn with this colored background
> par(xlog = TRUE) # always plot x axis on a logarithmic scale
Any or all parameters can be changed in a par() command, and they remain in effect until
they are changed again (or if the program is exited). You can save a copy of the original
parameter settings in par(), and then after making changes recall the original parameter
settings. To do this, type
> oldpar < par(no.readonly = TRUE)
... then, make your changes in par() ...
> par(oldpar) # default (original) parameter settings restored
4.5 Exercises
As mentioned previously, more on graphics will be seen in the next two chapters. For this
section, enter the following commands to see some R’s incredible graphical capabilities.
Also, try pasting/inserting a graph into a word processor or document.
> demo(graphics)
> demo(persp) # for 3d plots
> demo(image)
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This is used for all line plots (e.g. page 31) presented herein.
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5. Summarizing Data
One of the simplest ways to describe what is going on in a dataset is to use a graphical or
numerical summary procedure. Numerical summaries are things like means, proportions,
and variances, while graphical summaries include histograms and boxplots.
5.1 Numerical Summaries
R includes a host of built in functions for computing sample statistics for both numerical
(both continuous and discrete) and categorical data. For numerical data, these include
Name Operation
mean() arithmetic mean
median() sample median
fivenum() fivenumber summary
summary() generic summary function for data and model fits
min(), max() smallest/largest values
quantile() calculate sample quantiles (percentiles)
var(), sd() sample variance, sample standard deviation
cov(), cor() sample covariance/correlation
These functions will take one or more vectors as arguments for the calculation; in addition,
they will (in general) work in the correct way when they are given a data frame as the
argument.
If your data contains only discrete counts (like the number of pets owned by each family in a
group of 20 families), or is categorical in nature (like the eye color recorded for a sample of
50 fruit flies), the above numerical measures may not be of much use. For categorical or
discrete data, we can use the table() function to summarize a dataset.
For examples using these functions, let’s consider the dataset mtcars in R contains
measurements on 11 aspects of automobile design and performance for 32 automobiles
(197374 models):
> data(mtcars) # load in dataset
> attach(mtcars) # add mtcars to search path
> mtcars
mpg cyl disp hp drat wt qsec vs am gear carb
Mazda RX4 21.0 6 160.0 110 3.90 2.620 16.46 0 1 4 4
Mazda RX4 Wag 21.0 6 160.0 110 3.90 2.875 17.02 0 1 4 4
Datsun 710 22.8 4 108.0 93 3.85 2.320 18.61 1 1 4 1
Hornet 4 Drive 21.4 6 258.0 110 3.08 3.215 19.44 1 0 3 1
Hornet Sportabout 18.7 8 360.0 175 3.15 3.440 17.02 0 0 3 2
. . .
The variables in this dataset are both continuous (e.g. mpg, disp, wt) and discrete (e.g. gear,
carb, cyl) in nature. For the continuous variables, we can calculate:
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4 6 8
0
.
0
0
.
1
0
.
2
0
.
3
0
.
4
> mean(hp)
[1] 146.6875
> var(mpg)
[1] 36.3241
> quantile(qsec, probs = c(.20, .80)) # 20
th
and 80
th
percentiles
20% 80%
16.734 19.332
> cor(wt,mpg) # not surprising that this is negative
[1] 0.8676594
For the discrete variables, we can get summary counts:
> table(cyl)
cyl
4 6 8
11 7 14
So, it can be seen that eleven of the vehicles have 4 cylinders, seven vehicles have 6, and
fourteen have 8 cylinders. We can turn the counts into percentages (or relative frequencies)
by dividing by the total number of observations:
> table(cyl)/length(cyl) # note: length(cyl) = 32
cyl
4 6 8
0.34375 0.21875 0.43750
5.2 Graphical Summaries
 barplot():
For discrete or categorical data, we can display the information given in a table command
in a picture using the barplot() function. This function takes as its argument a table
object created using the table() command discussed above:
> barplot(table(cyl)/length(cyl)) # use relative frequencies on
# the yaxis
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See ?barplot on how to change the fill color, add titles to your graph, etc.
 hist():
This function will plot a histogram that is typically used to display continuoustype data. Its
format, with the most commonly used options, is:
hist(x,breaks="Sturges",prob=FALSE,main=paste("Histogram of" ,xname))
Arguments:
x: a vector of values for which the histogram is desired.
breaks: one of:
* a character string (in double quotes) naming an algorithm to
compute the number of cells
The default for 'breaks' is '"Sturges"': Other names for which
algorithms are supplied are '"Scott"' and '"FD"'
* a single number giving the number of cells for the histogram
prob: logical; if FALSE, the histogram graphic is a representation
of frequencies, the 'counts' component of the result; if
TRUE, _relative_ frequencies ("probabilities"), component
'density', are plotted.
main: the title for the histogram
The breaks argument specifies the number of bins (or “classes”) for the histogram. Too few
or too many bins can result in a poor picture that won’t characterize the data well. By
default, R uses the Sturges formula for calculating the number of bins. This is given by
1 ) ( log
2
+ n
where n is the sample size and is the ceiling operator.
Other methods exist that consider finding the optimal bin width (the number of bins required
would then be the sample range divided by the bin width). The FreedmanDiaconis formula
(Freedman and Diaconis 1981) is based on the interquartile range (iqr)
3
1
2
÷
· · n iqr ;
the formula proposed by Scott (1979) is based on the standard deviation (s)
3
1
5 . 3
÷
· · n s .
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Old Faithful data
eruptions
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To see some differences, consider the faithful dataset in R, which is a famous dataset that
exhibits natural bimodality. The variable eruptions gives the duration of the eruption (in
minutes) and waiting is the time between eruptions for the Old Faithful geyser:
> data(faithful)
> attach(faithful)
> hist(eruptions, main = "Old Faithful data", prob = T)
We can give the picture a slightly different look by changing the number of bins:
> hist(eruptions, main = "Old Faithful data", prob = T, breaks=18)
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eruptions waiting
0
2
0
4
0
6
0
8
0
 stem()
This function constructs a textbased stemandleaf display that is produced in the R
Console. The optional argument scale can be used to control the length of the display.
> stem(waiting)
The decimal point is 1 digit(s) to the right of the 
4  3
4  55566666777788899999
5  00000111111222223333333444444444
5  555555666677788889999999
6  00000022223334444
6  555667899
7  00001111123333333444444
7  555555556666666667777777777778888888888888889999999999
8  000000001111111111111222222222222333333333333334444444444
8  55555566666677888888999
9  00000012334
9  6
 boxplot()
This function will construct a single boxplot if the argument passed is a single vector, but if
many vectors are contained (or if a data frame is passed), a boxplot for each variable is
produced on the same graph.
For the two data files in the Old Faithful dataset:
> boxplot(faithful) # same as boxplot(eruptions, waiting)
Thus, the waiting time for an eruption is generally much larger and has higher variability
than the actual eruption time. See ?boxplot for ways to add titles/color, changing the
orientation, etc.
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 ecdf():
This function will create the values of the empirical distribution function (EDF) F
n
(x). It
requires a single argument – the vector of numerical values in a sample. To plot the EDF for
data contained in x, type
> plot(ecdf(x))
 qqnorm() and qqline()
These functions are used to check for normality in a sample of data by constructing a normal
probability plot (NPP) or normal qq plot. The syntax is:
> qqnorm(x) # creates the NPP for values stored in x
> qqline(x) # adds a reference line for the NPP
Only a few of the many functions used for graphics have been discussed so far. Other
graphical functions include:
Name Operation
pairs() Draws all possible scatterplots for two columns in a matrix/dataframe
persp() Three dimensional plots with colors and perspective
pie() Constructs a pie chart for categorical/discrete data
qqplot() quantilequantile plot to compare two datasets
ts.plot() Time series plot
5.3 Exercises
Using the stackloss dataset that is available from within R:
1. Compute the mean, variance, and 5 number summary of the variable stack.loss.
2. Create a histogram, boxplot, and normal probability plot for the variable stack.loss.
Does an assumption of normality seem appropriate for this sample?
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6. Probability, Distributions, and Simulation
6.1 Distribution Functions in R
R allows for the calculation of probabilities (including cumulative), the evaluation of
probability density/mass functions, percentiles, and the generation of pseudorandom
variables following a number of common distributions. The following table gives examples
of various function names in R along with additional arguments.
Distribution R name Additional arguments Argument defaults
beta
beta shape1, shape2
binomial
binom size, prob
Chisquare
chisq df (degrees of freedom)
continuous uniform
unif min, max min = 0, max = 1
exponential
exp rate rate = 1
F distribution
f df1, df2
gamma
gamma shape, rate (or scale =
1/rate)
scale = 1
geometric
geom prob
hypergeometric
hyper m, n, k (sample size)
negative binomial
nbinom size, prob
normal
norm mean, sd mean = 0, sd = 1
Poisson
pois lambda
t distribution
t df
Weibull
weibull shape, scale scale = 1
Prefix each R name given above with ‘d’ for the density or mass function, ‘p’ for the CDF,
‘q’ for the percentile function (also called the quantile), and ‘r’ for the generation of pseudo
random variables. The syntax has the following form – we use the wildcard rname to denote
a distribution above:
> drname(x, ...) # the pdf/pmf at x (possibly a vector)
> prname(q, ...) # the CDF at q (possibly a vector)
> qrname(p, ...) # the p
th
(possibly a vector) percentile/quantile
> rrname(n, ...) # simulate n observations from this distribution
Note: since probability density/mass functions can be parameterized differently, R’s
definitions are given in the Appendix. The following are examples with these R functions:
> x < rnorm(100) # simulate 100 standard normal RVs, put in x
> w < rexp(1000,rate=.1) # simulate 1000 from Exp(u = 10)
> dbinom(3,size=10,prob=.25) # P(X=3) for X ~ Bin(n=10, p=.25)
> dpois(0:2, lambda=4) # P(X=0), P(X=1), P(X=2) for X ~ Poisson
> pbinom(3,size=10,prob=.25) # P(X s 3) in the above distribution
> pnorm(12,mean=10,sd=2) # P(X s 12) for X~N(mu = 10, sigma = 2)
> qnorm(.75,mean=10,sd=2) # 3rd quartile of N(mu = 10,sigma = 2)
> qchisq(.10,df=8) # 10
th
percentile of ;
2
(8)
> qt(.95,df=20) # 95
th
percentile of t(20)
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6.2 A Simulation Application: Monte Carlo Integration
Suppose that we wish to calculate
I =
í
b
a
dx x g ) ( ,
but the antiderivative of g(x) cannot be found in closed form. Standard techniques involve
approximating the integral by a sum, and many computer packages can do this. Another
approach to finding I is called Monte Carlo integration and it works for the following
example. Suppose that we generate n independent Uniform random variables
3
(this we have
already seen how to do) X
1
, X
2
, …, X
n
on the interval [a, b] and compute
¯
=
÷ =
n
i
i
g
n
a b I
1
) X (
1
) (
By the Law of Large Numbers, as n increases with out bound,
  ) ( ) (
ˆ
X E g a b I
n
÷ ÷ .
By mathematical expectation,
  I
a b
dx
a b
x g g
b
a

.

\

÷
=
÷
=
í
1 1
) ( ) X ( E
So,
n
I
ˆ
can be used as an approximation for I that improves as n increases
4
.
As it turns out, this method can be modified to use other distributions (besides the Uniform)
defined over the same interval. Compared to other numerical methods for approximating
integrals, the Monte Carlo method is not particularly efficient. However, the Monte Carlo
method becomes increasingly efficient as the dimensionality of the integral (e.g. double
integrals, triple integrals) rises.
Example: Consider the definite integral:
í
t
÷
2 /
0
2
) exp( ) 2 sin( 4 dx x x .
A Monte Carlo estimate would be given by (using 1,000,000 observations):
> u < runif(1000000, min=0, max=pi/2)
> pi/2*mean(4*sin(2*u)*exp(u^2)) # a=0, b=pi/2, so b–a=pi/2
[1] 2.189178
Another call gets a slightly different answer (remember, it is a limiting value!):
> u < runif(1000000, min=0, max=pi/2) # generate a new uniform vector
> pi/2*mean(4*sin(2*u)*exp(u^2)) # a=0, b=pi/2, so b–a=pi/2
[1] 2.191414
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The method can be easily modified to use another distribution defined on the interval [a, b]. See Robert and
Casella (1999).
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The R function integrate() is another option for numerical quadrature. See ?integrate.
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6.3 Graphing Distributions
6.3.1 Discrete Distributions
Graphs of probability mass functions (pmfs) and CDFs can be drawn using the plot()
function. Here, we give the function the support of the distribution and probabilities at these
points. By default, R would simply produce a scatterplot, but we can specify the plot type by
using the type and lwd (line width) arguments. For example, to graph the probability mass
function for the binomial distribution with n = 10 and p = .25:
> x < 0:10
> y < dbinom(x, size=10, prob=.25) # evaluate probabilities
> plot(x, y, type = "h", lwd = 30, main = "Binomial Probabilities w/ n
= 10, p = .25", ylab = "p(x)", lend ="square") # not a hard return here!
We have done a few things here. First, we created the vector x that contains the integers 0
through 10. Then we calculated the binomial probabilities at each of the points in x and
stored them in the vector y. Then, we specified that the plot be of type "h" which is gives
the histogramlike vertical lines and we “fattened” the lines with the lwd = 30 option (the
default width is 1, which is line thickness). Finally, we gave it some informative titles.
Lastly, we note that to conserve space in the workspace, we could have produced the same
plot without actually creating the vectors x and y (embellishments removed):
> plot(0:10, dbinom(x, size=10, prob=.25), type = "h", lwd = 30)
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6.3.2 Continuous Distributions
To graph smooth functions like a probability density function or CDF for a continuous
random variable, we can use the curve() function that was introduced in Chapter 4. To plot
a density function, we can use the names of density functions in R as the expression
argument. Some examples:
> curve(dnorm(x), from = 3, to = 3) # the standard normal curve
> curve(pnorm(x, mean=10, sd=2), from = 4, to = 16) # a normal CDF
Note that we restricted the plotting to be between 3 and 3 in the first plot since this is where
the standard normal has the majority of its area. Alternatively, we could have used upper and
lower percentiles (say the .5% and 99.5%) and calculated them by using the qnorm()
function.
Also note that the curve() function has as an option to be added to an existing plot. When
you overlay a curve, you don’t have to specify the from and to arguments because R defaults
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them to the low and high values of the xvalues on the original plot. Consider how the
histogram a large simulation of random variables compares to the density function:
> simdata < rexp(1000, rate=.1)
> hist(simdata, prob = T, breaks = "FD", main="Exp(theta = 10) RVs")
> curve(dexp(x, rate=.1), add = T) # overlay the density curve
6.4 Random Sampling
Simple probability experiments like “choosing a number at random between 1 and 100” and
“drawing three balls from an urn” can be simulated in R. The theory behind games like these
forms the foundation of sampling theory (drawing random samples from fixed populations);
in addition, resampling methods (repeated sampling within the same sample) like the
bootstrap are important tools in statistics. The key function in R is the sample() function. Its
usage is:
sample(x, size, replace = FALSE, prob = NULL)
Arguments:
x: Either a (numeric, complex, character or logical) vector of
more than one element from which to choose, or a positive
integer.
size: nonnegative integer giving the number of items to choose.
replace: Should sampling be with or without replacement?
prob: An optional vector of probability weights for obtaining the
elements of the vector being sampled.
Some examples using this function are:
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> sample(1:100, 1) # choose a number between 1 and 100
[1] 34
> sample(1:6, 10, replace = T) # toss a fair die 10 times
[1] 1 3 6 4 5 2 2 5 4 5
> sample(1:6, 10, T, c(.6,.2,.1,.05,.03,.02)) # not a fair die!!
[1] 1 1 2 1 4 1 3 1 2 1
> urn < c(rep("red",8),rep("blue",4),rep("yellow",3))
> sample(urn, 6, replace = F) # draw 6 balls from this urn
[1] "yellow" "red" "blue" "yellow" "red" "red"
6.5 Exercises
1. Simulate 20 observations from the binomial distribution with n = 15 and p = 0.2.
2. Find the 20
th
percentile of the gamma distribution with o = 2 and u = 10.
3. Find P(T > 2) for T ~ t
8
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4. Plot the Poisson mass function with ì = 4 over the range x = 0, 1, … 15.
5. Using Monte Carlo integration
5
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í
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3
) exp( dx x
with n = 1,000,000.
6. Simulate 100 observations from the normal distribution with u = 50 and o = 4. Plot
the empirical cdf F
n
(x) for this sample and overlay the true CDF F(x).
7. Simulate 25 flips of a fair coin where the results are “heads” and “tails” (hint: use the
sample() function).
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Compare your answer with: integrate(f = function(x) exp(x^3), lower = 0, upper = 2)
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7. Statistical Methods
R includes a host of statistical methods and tests of hypotheses. We will focus on the most
common ones in this Chapter.
7.1 One and Twosample ttests
The main function that performs these sorts of tests is t.test(). It yields hypothesis tests
and confidence intervals that are based on the tdistribution. Its syntax is:
Usage:
t.test(x, y = NULL, alternative = c("two.sided", "less", "greater"),
mu = 0, paired = FALSE, var.equal = FALSE, conf.level = 0.95)
Arguments:
x, y: numeric vectors of data values. If y is not given, a one
sample test is performed.
alternative: a character string specifying the alternative
hypothesis, must be one of `"two.sided"' (default), `"greater"'
or `"less"'. You can specify just the initial letter.
mu: a number indicating the true value of the mean (or difference in
means if you are performing a two sample test). Default is 0.
paired: a logical indicating if you want the paired ttest (default
is the independent samples test if both x and y are given).
var.equal: (for the independent samples test) a logical variable
indicating whether to treat the two variances as being equal. If
`TRUE', then the pooled variance is used to estimate the variance.
If ‘FALSE’ (default), then the Welsh suggestion for degrees of
freedom is used.
conf.level: confidence level (default is 95%) of the interval
estimate for the mean appropriate to the specified alternative
hypothesis.
Note that from the above, t.test() not only performs the hypothesis test but also calculates
a confidence interval. However, if the alternative is either a “greater than” or “less than”
hypothesis, a lower (in case of a greater than alternative) or upper (less than) confidence
bound is given.
Example 1: Using the trees dataset, test the hypothesis that the mean black cherry tree
height is 70 ft. versus a twosided alternative:
> data(trees)
> t.test(trees$Height, mu = 70)
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One Sample ttest
data: trees$Height
t = 5.2429, df = 30, pvalue = 1.173e05
alternative hypothesis: true mean is not equal to 70
95 percent confidence interval:
73.6628 78.3372
sample estimates:
mean of x
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Thus, the null hypothesis would be rejected.
Example 2: the recovery time (in days) is measured for 10 patients taking a new drug and for
10 different patients taking a placebo
6
. We wish to test the hypothesis that the mean
recovery time for patients taking the drug is less than fort those taking a placebo (under an
assumption of normality and equal population variances). The data are:
With drug: 15, 10, 13, 7, 9, 8, 21, 9, 14, 8
Placebo: 15, 14, 12, 8, 14, 7, 16, 10, 15, 12
For our test, we will assume that the two population means are equal. In R, the analysis of a
two–sample t–test would be performed by:
> drug < c(15, 10, 13, 7, 9, 8, 21, 9, 14, 8)
> plac < c(15, 14, 12, 8, 14, 7, 16, 10, 15, 12)
> t.test(drug, plac, alternative = "less", var.equal = T)
Two Sample ttest
data: drug and plac
t = 0.5331, df = 18, pvalue = 0.3002
alternative hypothesis: true difference in means is less than 0
95 percent confidence interval:
Inf 2.027436
sample estimates:
mean of x mean of y
11.4 12.3
With a p–value of .3002, we would not reject the claim that the two mean recovery times are
equal.
Example 3: an experiment was performed to determine if a new gasoline additive can
increase the gas mileage of cars. In the experiment, six cars are selected and driven with and
without the additive. The gas mileages (in miles per gallon, mpg) are given below.
Car 1 2 3 4 5 6
mpg w/ additive 24.6 18.9 27.3 25.2 22.0 30.9
mpg w/o additive 23.8 17.7 26.6 25.1 21.6 29.6
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Since this is a paired design, we can test the claim using the paired t–test (under an
assumption of normality for mpg measurements). This is performed by:
> add < c(24.6, 18.9, 27.3, 25.2, 22.0, 30.9)
> noadd < c(23.8, 17.7, 26.6, 25.1, 21.6, 29.6)
> t.test(add, noadd, paired=T, alt = "greater")
Paired ttest
data: add and noadd
t = 3.9994, df = 5, pvalue = 0.005165
alternative hypothesis: true difference in means is greater than 0
95 percent confidence interval:
0.3721225 Inf
sample estimates:
mean of the differences
0.75
With a p–value of .005165, we can conclude that the mpg improves with the additive.
7.2 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
The simplest way to fit an ANOVA model is to call to the aov() function, and the type of
ANOVA model is specified by a formula statement. Some examples:
> aov(x ~ a) # oneway ANOVA model
> aov(x ~ a + b) # twoway ANOVA with no interaction
> aov(x ~ a + b + a:b) # twoway ANOVA with interaction
> aov(x ~ a*b) # exactly the same as the above
In the above statements, the x variable is continuous and contains all of the responses in the
ANOVA experiment. The variables a and b represent factor variables – they contain the
levels of the experimental factors. The levels of a factor in R can be either numerical (e.g. 1,
2, 3,…) or categorical (e.g. low, medium, high, …), but the variables must be stored as
factor variables. We will see how this is done next.
7.2.1 Factor Variables
As an example for the ANOVA experiment, consider the following example on the strength
of three different rubber compounds; four specimens of each type were tested for their tensile
strength (measured in pounds per square inch):
Type A B C
Strength
(lb/in
2
)
3225, 3320,
3165, 3145
3220, 3410,
3320, 3370
3545, 3600,
3580, 3485
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In R:
> Str < c(3225,3320,3165,3145,3220,3410,3320,3370,3545,3600,3580,3485)
> Type < c(rep("A",4), rep("B",4), rep("C",4))
Thus, the Type variable specifies the rubber type and the Str variable is the tensile strength.
Currently, R thinks of Type as a character variable; we want to let R know that these letters
actually represent factor levels in an experiment. To do this, use the factor() command:
> Type < factor(Type) # consider these alternative expressions
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> Type
[1] A A A A B B B B C C C C
Levels: A B C
>
Note that after the values in Type are printed, a Levels list is given. To access the levels in a
factor variable directly, you can type:
> levels(Type)
[1] "A" "B" "C"
With the data in this format, we can easily perform calculations on the subgroups contained
in the variable Str. To calculate the sample means of the subgroups, type
> tapply(Str,Type,mean)
A B C
3213.75 3330.00 3552.50
The function tapply() creates a table of the resulting values of a function applied to
subgroups defined by the second (factor) argument. To calculate the variances:
> tapply(Str,Type,var)
A B C
6172.917 6733.333 2541.667
We can also get multiple boxplots by specifying the relationship in the boxplot() function:
> boxplot(Str ~ Type, horizontal = T, xlab="Strength", col = "gray")
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These accomplish the same thing: > Type < factor(rep(LETTERS[1:3], each = 4)
> Type < gl(3, 4, lab = LETTERS[1:3])
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A
B
C
3200 3300 3400 3500 3600
Strength
7.2.2 The ANOVA Table
In order to fit the ANOVA model, we specify the single factor model in the aov() function.
> anova.fit < aov(Str ~ Type)
The object anova.fit is a linear model object. To extract the ANOVA table, use the R
function summary():
> summary(anova.fit)
Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F)
Type 2 237029 118515 23.016 0.0002893 ***
Residuals 9 46344 5149

Signif. codes: 0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
>
With a pvalue of 0.0002893, we can confidently reject the null hypothesis that all three
rubber types have the same mean strength.
7.2.3 Multiple Comparisons
After an ANOVA analysis has determined a significant difference in means, a multiple
comparison procedure can be used to determine which means are different. There are several
procedures for doing this; here, we give the code to conduct Tukey’s Honest Significant
Difference method (or sometimes referred to as “Tukey’s W Procedure”) that uses the
Studentized range distribution
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B

A
95% familywise confidence level
Differences in mean levels of Type
> TukeyHSD(anova.fit) # the default is 95% CIs for differences
Tukey multiple comparisons of means
95% familywise confidence level
Fit: aov(formula = Str ~ Type)
$Type
diff lwr upr p adj
BA 116.25 25.41926 257.9193 0.1085202
CA 338.75 197.08074 480.4193 0.0002399
CB 222.50 80.83074 364.1693 0.0044914
>
The above output gives 95% confidence intervals for the pairwise differences of mean
strengths for the three types of rubber. So, types “B” and “A” do not appear to have
significantly different mean strengths since the confidence interval for their mean difference
contains zero. A graphic can be used to support the analysis:
> plot(TukeyHSD(anova.fit))
7.3 Linear Regression
Fitting a linear regression model in R is very similar to the ANOVA model material, and this
is intuitive since they are both linear models. To fit the linear regression (“leastsquares”)
model to data, we use the lm() function
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. This can be used to fit simple linear (single
predictor), multiple linear, and polynomial regression models. With data loaded in, you only
need to specify the linear model desired. Examples of these are:
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A nonlinear regression model can be fitted by using nls().
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> lm(y ~ x) # simple linear regression (SLR) model
> lm(y ~ x1 + x2) # a regression plane
> lm(y ~ x1 + x2 + x3) # linear model with three regressors
> lm(y ~ x – 1) # SLR w/ an intercept of zero
> lm(y ~ x + I(x^2)) # quadratic regression model
> lm(y ~ x + I(x^2) + I(x^3)) # cubic model
In the first example, the model is specified by the formula y ~ x which implies the linear
relationship between y (dependent/response variable) and x (independent/predictor variable).
The vectors x1, x2, and x3 denote possible independent variables used in a multiple linear
regression model. For the polynomial regression model examples, the function I() is used to
tell R to treat the variable “as is” (and not to actually compute the quantity).
The lm() function creates another linear model object from which a wealth of information
can be extracted.
Example: consider the cars dataset. The data give the speed (speed) of cars and the
distances (dist) taken to come to a complete stop. Here, we will fit a linear regression model
using speed as the independent variable and dist as the dependent variable (these variables
should be plotted first to check for evidence of a linear relation).
To compute the leastsquares (assuming that the dataset cars is loaded and in the
workspace), type:
> fit < lm(dist ~ speed)
The object fit is a linear model object. To see what it contains, type:
> attributes(fit)
$names
[1] "coefficients" "residuals" "effects" "rank"
[5] "fitted.values" "assign" "qr" "df.residual"
[9] "xlevels" "call" "terms" "model"
$class
[1] "lm"
So, from the fit object, we can extract, for example, the residuals by assessing the variable
fit$residuals (this is useful for a residual plot which will be seen shortly).
To get the least squares estimates of the slope and intercept, type
> fit
Call:
lm(formula = dist ~ speed)
Coefficients:
(Intercept) speed
17.579 3.932
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So, the fitted regression model has an intercept of –17.579 and a slope of 3.932. More
information about the fitted regression can be obtained by using the summary() function:
> summary(fit)
Call:
lm(formula = dist ~ speed)
Residuals:
Min 1Q Median 3Q Max
29.069 9.525 2.272 9.215 43.201
Coefficients:
Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>t)
(Intercept) 17.5791 6.7584 2.601 0.0123 *
speed 3.9324 0.4155 9.464 1.49e12 ***

Signif. codes: 0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
Residual standard error: 15.38 on 48 degrees of freedom
Multiple RSquared: 0.6511, Adjusted Rsquared: 0.6438
Fstatistic: 89.57 on 1 and 48 DF, pvalue: 1.490e12
In the output above, we get (among other things) residual statistics, standard errors of the
least squares estimates and tests of hypotheses on model parameters. In addition, the value
for Residual standard error is the estimate for σ, the standard deviation of the error term
in the linear model. A call to anova(fit) will print the ANOVA table for the regression
model:
> anova(fit)
Analysis of Variance Table
Response: dist
Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F)
speed 1 21185.5 21185.5 89.567 1.490e12 ***
Residuals 48 11353.5 236.5

Signif. codes: 0 '***' 0.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0.05 '.' 0.1 ' ' 1
Confidence intervals for the slope and intercept parameters are a snap with the function
confint(); the default confidence level is 95%:
> confint(fit) # the default is a 95% confidence level
2.5 % 97.5 %
(Intercept) 31.167850 3.990340
speed 3.096964 4.767853
We can add the fitted regression line to a scatterplot:
> plot(speed, dist) # first plot the data
> abline(fit) # could also type abline(17.579, 3.932)
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> plot(speed, fit$residuals)
> abline(h=0) # add a horizontal reference line at 0
Lastly, confidence and prediction intervals for specified levels of the independent variable(s)
can be calculated by using the predict.lm() function. This function accepts the linear
model object as an argument along with several other optional arguments. As an example, to
calculate (default) 95% confidence and prediction intervals for “distance” for cars traveling
at speeds of 15 and 23 miles per hour:
5 10 15 20 25
0
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> predict.lm(fit, newdata=data.frame(speed=c(15,22)),int="conf")
fit lwr upr
1 41.40704 37.02115 45.79292
2 68.93390 61.89630 75.97149
> predict.lm(fit,newdata=data.frame(speed=c(15,22)),int="predict")
fit lwr upr
1 41.40704 10.17482 72.63925
2 68.93390 37.22044 100.64735
If values for newdata are not specified in the function call, all of the levels of the
independent variable are used for the calculation of the confidence/prediction intervals.
7.4 Chisquare Tests
Hypothesis test for count data that use the Pearson Chisquare statistic are available in R.
These include the goodnessoffit tests and those for contingency tables. Each of these are
performed by using the chisq.test() function. The basic syntax for this function is (see
?chisq.test for more information):
chisq.test(x, y = NULL, correct = TRUE, p = rep(1/length(x),length(x)))
Arguments:
x: a vector, table, or matrix.
y: a vector; ignored if 'x' is a matrix.
correct: a logical indicating whether to apply continuity correction
when computing the test statistic.
p: a vector of probabilities of the same length of 'x'.
We will see how to use this function in the next two subsections.
7.4.1 Goodness of Fit
In order to perform the Chisquare goodness of fit test to test the appropriateness of a
particular probability model, the vector x above contains the tabular counts (if your data
vector contains the raw observations that haven’t been summarized, you’ll need to use the
table() command to tabulate the counts). The vector p contains the probabilities associated
with the individual cells. In the default, the value of p assumes that all of the cell
probabilities are equal.
Example: A die was cast 300 times and the following was observed:
Die face 1 2 3 4 5 6
Frequency 43 49 56 45 66 41
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To test that the die is fair, we can use the goodnessoffit statistic using 1/6 for each cell
probability value:
> counts < c(43, 49, 56, 45, 66, 41)
> probs < rep(1/6, 6)
> chisq.test(counts, p = probs)
Chisquared test for given probabilities
data: counts
Xsquared = 8.96, df = 5, pvalue = 0.1107
>
Note that the output gives the value of the test statistic, the degrees of freedom, and the p
value.
7.4.2 Contingency Tables
The easiest way to analyze a tabulated contingency table in R is to enter it as a matrix (again,
if you have the raw counts, you can tabulate them using the table() function).
Example: A random sample of 1000 adults was classified according to sex and whether or
not they were colorblind as summarized below:
Male Female
Normal 442 514
Colorblind 38 6
> color.blind < matrix(c(442, 514, 38, 6), nrow=2, byrow=T)
> color.blind
[,1] [,2]
[1,] 442 514
[2,] 38 6
>
In a contingency table, the row names and column names are meaningful, so we can change
these from the defaults:
> dimnames(color.blind) < list(c("normal","cb"),c("Male","Female"))
> color.blind
Male Female
normal 442 514
cb 38 6
This was really not necessary, but it does make the color.blind object look more like a
table.
To test if there is a relationship between gender and colorblind incidence, we obtain the
values of the chisquare statistic:
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> chisq.test(color.blind, correct=F) # no correction for this one
Pearson's Chisquared test
data: color.blind
Xsquared = 27.1387, df = 1, pvalue = 1.894e07
As with the ANOVA and linear model functions, the chisq.test() function actually creates
an output object so that other information can be extracted if desired:
> out < chisq.test(color.blind, correct=F)
> attributes(out)
$names
[1] "statistic" "parameter" "p.value" "method" "data.name"
[6] "observed" "expected" "residuals"
$class
[1] "htest"
So, as an example we can extract the expected counts for the contingency table:
> out$expected # these are the expected counts
Male Female
normal 458.88 497.12
cb 21.12 22.88
7.5 Other Tests
There are many, many more statistical procedures included in R, but most are used in a
similar fashion to those discussed in this chapter. Below is a list and description of other
common tests (see their corresponding help file for more information):
 prop.test()
Large sample test for a single proportion or to compare two or more proportions that uses
a chisquare test statistic. An exact test for the binomial parameter p is given by the
function binom.test()
 var.test()
Performs an F test to compare the variances of two independent samples from normal
populations.
 cor.test()
Test for significance of the computed sample correlation value for two vectors. Can
perform both parametric and nonparametric tests.
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 wilcox.test()
One and twosample (paired and independent samples) nonparametric Wilcoxon tests,
using a similar format to t.test()
 kruskal.test()
Performs the KruskalWallis rank sum test (similar to lm() for the ANVOA model).
 friedman.test()
The nonparametric Friedman rank sum test for unreplicated blocked data.
 ks.test()
Test to determine if a sample comes from a specified distribution, or test to determine if
two samples have the same distribution.
 shapiro.test()
The ShapiroWilk test of normality for a single sample.
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8. Advanced Topics
In this final chapter we will introduce and summarize some advanced features of R – namely,
the ability to perform numerical methods (e.g. optimization) and to write scripts and
functions in order to facilitate many steps in a procedure.
8.1 Scripts
If you have a long series of commands that you would like to save for future use, you can
save all of the lines of code in a file and execute them together using the source() function.
For example, we could type the following statements in a text editor (you don’t precede a
line with a “>” in the editor):
x1 < rnorm(500) # Simulate 500 standard normals
x2 < rnorm(500) # ""
x3 < rnorm(500) # ""
y1 < x1 + x2
y2 < x2 + x3
r < cor(y1,y2)
If we save the file as corsim.R on the C: drive, we execute the script by typing
> source("C:/corsim.R")
> r
[1] 0.5085203
>
Note that not only was the object r was created, but so was x1, x2, x3, y1, and y2.
8.2 Control Flow
R includes the usual controlflow statements (like conditional execution and looping) found
in most programming languages. These include (the syntax can be found in the help file
accessed by ?Control):
if
if else
for
while
repeat
break
next
Many of these statements require the evaluation of a logical statement, and these can be
expressed using logical operators:
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Operator Meaning
== Equal to
!= Not equal to
<, <= Less than, less than or equal to
>, >= Greater than, greater than or equal to
& Logical AND
 Logical OR
Some examples of these are given below. The first example checks if the number x is greater
than 2, and if so the text contained in the quotes is printed on the screen:
> x < rnorm(1)
> if(x > 2) print("This value is more than the 97.72 percentile")
The code below creates vectors x and z and defines 100 entries according to assignments
contained within the curly brackets. Since more than one expression is evaluated in the for
loop, the expressions are contained by {}.
> n < 50
> for(i in 1:100) {
+ x[i] < mean(rexp(n, rate = .5))
+ z[i] < (x[i] – 2)/sqrt(2/n)
+ }
>
This last bit of code considers a Monte Carlo (MC) estimate of t. The basis of it is as
follows: if we generate a coordinate randomly over a square with vertices (1, 1), (1, –1),
(–1, 1), and (–1, –1), then the probability that the coordinate lies within the circle with radius
1 centered at the origin (0,0) is t/4. In the code below, n is the number of coordinates
generated and s counts the number of observations contained in the unit circle. Thus, s/n is
the MC estimate of the probability and 4*s/n is the MC estimate of t. The code stops when
we are within .001 of the true value. Since the function uses MC estimation, the result will
be different each time the code executes.
> eps < 1; s < 0; n < 0 # initialize values
> while(eps > .001) {
+ n < n + 1
+ x < runif(1,1,1)
+ y < runif(1,1,1)
+ if(x^2 + y^2 < 1) s < s + 1
+ pihat < 4*s/n
+ eps = abs(pihat  pi)
+ }
>
> pihat # this is our estimate
[1] 3.141343
> n # this is how many steps it took
[1] 1132
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8.3 Writing Functions
Probably one of the most powerful aspects of the R language is the ability of a user to write
functions. When doing so, many computations can be incorporated into a single function and
(unlike with scripts) intermediate variables used during the computation are local to the
function and are not saved to the workspace. In addition, functions allow for input values
used during a computation that can be changed when the function is executed.
The general format for creating a function is
fname < function(arg1, arg2, ...) { R code }
In the above, fname is any allowable object name and arg1, arg2, ... are function
arguments. As with any R function, they can be assigned default values. When you write a
function, it is saved in your workspace as a function object.
Here is a simple example of a userwritten function. We made the function a little more
readable by adding some comments and spacing to single out the first if statement:
> f1 < function(a, b) {
+ # This function returns the maximum of two scalars or the
+ # statement that they are equal.
+ if(is.numeric(c(a,b))) {
+ if(a < b) return(b)
+ if(a > b) return(a)
+ else print("The values are equal") # could also use cat()
+ }
+ else print("Character inputs not allowed.")
+ }
>
The function f1 takes two values and returns one of several possible things. Observe how
the function works: before the values a and b are compared, it is first determined if they are
both numeric. The function is.numeric() returns TRUE the argument is either real or
integer, and FALSE otherwise. If this conditional is satisfied, the values are compared.
Otherwise, the user gets the warning message. To use the function:
> f1(4,7)
[1] 7
> f1(pi,exp(1))
[1] 3.141593
> f1(0,exp(log(0)))
[1] "The values are equal"
> f1("Stephen","Christopher")
[1] "Character inputs not allowed."
The function object f1 will remain in your workspace until you remove it.
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To make changes to your function, you can use the fix() or edit() commands described in
Section 3.3.
Here is another example
10
. Below is the formula for calculating the monthly mortgage
payment for a home loan:
12y
r/1200) (1 1
r/1200
A P
÷
+ ÷
· = ,
where A is the loan amount, r is the nominal interest rate (assumed convertible monthly), and
y is the number of years for the loan. The value of P represents the monthly payment. Below
is an R function that computes the monthly payment based on these inputs:
> mortgage < function(A = 100000, r = 6, y = 30) {
+ P < A*r/1200/(1(1+r/1200)^(12*y))
+ return(round(P, digits = 2))
+ }
This function takes three inputs, but we have given them default values. Thus, if we don’t
give the function any arguments, it will calculate the monthly payment for a $100,000 loan at
6% interest for 30 years. The round() function is used to make the result look like money
and give the calculation only two decimal points:
> mortgage()
[1] 599.55
> mortgage(200000,5.5) # use default 30 year loan value
[1] 1135.58
> mortage(y = 15) # D’oh! Bad spelling...
Error: couldn't find function "mortage"
> mortgage(y = 15)
[1] 843.86
8.4 Numerical Methods
It is often the plight of the statistician to encounter a model that requires an iterative
technique to estimate unknown parameters using observed data. For likelihoodbased
approaches, a computer program is usually written to execute some optimization method.
But, R includes functions for doing just that. Two important examples are:
 optimize()
Returns the value that minimizes (or maximizes) a function over a specified interval.
 uniroot()
Returns the root (i.e. zero) of a function over a specified interval.
10
This is from The New S Language, by Becker/Chambers/Wilks, Chapman and Hall, London, 1988.
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These are both for onedimensional searches. To use either of these, you create the function
(as described in Section 8.3) and the search is performed with respect to the function’s first
argument. The interval to be searched must be specified as well. The help file for each of
these functions provides the details on additional arguments, etc.
As an example, suppose that a random sample of size n is to be observed from the Weibull
distribution with unknown shape parameter θ and a scale parameter of 1. The pdf for this
model is given by
f
(x) = ) exp(
1 u ÷ u
÷ u x x , x > 0, θ > 0.
Using standard likelihood methods, the log likelihood function is given by
l(θ) =
¯ ¯
=
u
=
÷ ÷ u + u
n
i
i
n
i
i
x x n
1 1
) log( ) 1 ( ) log(
and it has a first derivative equal to
l′(θ) = ) log( ) log(
1 1
i
n
i
i
n
i
i
x x x
n
¯ ¯
=
u
=
÷ +
u
.
To find u
ˆ
, the maximum likelihood estimate for θ, we require the value of θ that maximizes
l(θ), given the data x
1
, x
2
, …, x
n
. Equivalently, we could find the root of l′(θ). Clearly, the
two functions introduced in this section can do the job. To see these at work, data will be
simulated from this Weibull distribution with θ = 4.0:
> data < rweibull(20, shape=4, scale=1)
> data
[1] 0.6151766 0.9417053 0.8244651 1.3818235 0.9866513 0.6121007 1.1391467
[8] 0.8711759 1.3590739 0.4826331 1.0755436 1.0318024 1.1728524 0.8062276
[15] 1.3630116 1.2094519 0.7547847 1.1178163 0.6184907 0.9310806
Next, we will define the loglikelihood function:
> l < function(theta, x)
+ {
+ return(length(x)*log(theta) + (theta1)*sum(log(x))  sum(x^theta))
+ }
Thus, u
ˆ
is defined as the value that maximizes this function. To do this, enter:
> optimize(l, interval=c(0,20), x = data, max = T)
$maximum
[1] 3.874208 value that achieves the maximum
$objective
[1] 1.834197 value of the function at the maximum
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So, u
ˆ
= 3.874208, which is pretty close to the “true” value 4.0. The interval (0, 20) in the
above function call can be considered a “guessed range” for the parameter.
Of course, this same maximum value could also be found by using the function l′(θ) and
uniroot().
8.5 Exercises
1. Write a function that:
 simulates n = 20 observations from the normal distribution w/ u = 10,
o = 2
 draws m = 250 random samples (each of size 20) w/ replacement from the
above sample
 calculates the mean of each of these samples
 outputs a histogram of the 250 sample means
2. Rewrite the above function so that the values of n, m, u, and o can be chosen
differently each time the function executes.
3. Repeat the example in Section 8.4, but define a function dl for l′(θ) and use
uniroot() to find the maximum likelihood estimate using the same simulated data.
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Appendix: Wellknown probability density/mass functions in R
Discrete distributions p(x) denotes the probability mass function
 Binomial: let size = n and prob = p
n x p p
x
n
x p
x n x
..., , 2 , 1 , 0 , ) 1 ( ) ( = ÷


.

\

=
÷
 Geometric: let prob = p
... , 2 , 1 , 0 , ) 1 ( ) ( = ÷ = x p p x p
x
 Hypergeometric: let m = # of white balls, n = # of black balls, k = # of balls sampled


.

\
 +


.

\

÷


.

\

=
k
n m
x k
n
x
m
x p ) ( , x = # of white balls drawn
 Negative binomial: let size = n, prob = p
... , 2 , 1 , 0 , ) 1 (
1
1
) ( = ÷


.

\

÷
÷ +
= x p p
n
n x
x p
x n
 Poisson: let lambda = λ
... , 2 , 1 , 0 ,
!
λ
) (
λ
= =
÷
x e
x
x p
x
Continuous distributions f
(x) denotes the probability density function
 Beta: let shape1 = a, shape2 = b
1 0 , ) 1 (
) ( ) (
) (
) (
1 1
s s ÷
I I
+ I
=
÷ ÷
x x x
b a
b a
x f
b a
 Continuous uniform
max min ,
min max
1
) ( s s
÷
= x x f
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 Exponential: let rate = λ
0 ), λ exp( λ ) ( > ÷ = x x x f
 Gamma: let shape = a, scale = s
0 ), / exp(
) (
1
) (
1
> ÷
I
=
÷
x s x x
s a
x f
a
a
 Normal: let mean = μ, sd = σ
· < < · ÷
÷
÷ = x
x
x f ,
2σ
) μ (
exp
π 2 σ
1
) (
2
2
 Weibull: let shape = a, scale = b
0 , exp ) (
1
>

.

\

÷

.

\

=
÷
x
b
x
b
x
b
a
x f
a a
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References
Becker, R., Chambers, J., and Wilks, A. (1988). The New S Language, Chapman and Hall,
London.
Freedman, D. and Diaconis, P. (1981). “On this histogram as a density estimator: L
2
theory,”
Zeit. Wahr. ver. Geb. 57, p. 453 – 476.
Robert, C. and Casella, G. (1999). Monte Carlo Statistical Methods, SpringerVerlag, New
York.
Scott, D.W. (1979). “On optimal and databased histograms,” Biometrika 66, p. 605 – 610.
Sturges, H. (1926), “The choice of a classinterval,” J. Amer. Statist. Assoc. 21, p. 65 – 66.
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Index
:, 12
$, 16
%*%, 10
abline(), 21, 42
abs(), 8
anova(), 42
aov(), 39
apropos(), 5
arrows(), 21
as.matrix(), 10
attach(), 16
attributes(), 17, 41
barplot(), 24
boxplot(), 27, 38
c(), 2, 12
cat(), 50
chisq.test(), 44
confint(), 42
Control, 48
cor(), 23
cor.test(), 46
cov(), 23
curve(), 20, 32
choose(), 8
cumsum(), 9
data(), 15
data.frame(), 14
dbinom(), 29
det(), 10
detach(), 17
dim(), 10
dimnames(), 45
diff(), 9
ecdf(), 28
edit(), 14
eigen(), 10
exp(), 8
factorial(), 8
FALSE or F, 6
file.choose(), 14, 18
fivenum(), 23
fix(), 14
for(), 47, 48
friedman.test(), 47
function(), 50
gamma(), 8
gl(), 38
help(), 4
hist(), 25
I(), 41
if(), 48, 50, 51
integrate(), 30
kruskal.test(), 47
ks.test(), 47
length(), 9
lines(), 21
lm(), 41
log(), 4
ls(), 3
matrix(), 6
max(), 23
mean(), 23
median(), 23
min(), 23
NA, 6
nls(), 40
optimize(), 51
pairs(), 28
par(), 20, 21
pbinom(), 29
persp(), 28
pi, 8
pie(), 28
plot(), 19
pnorm(), 29
points(), 21
predict.lm(), 43
print(), 49
prod(), 9
prop.test(), 46
q(), 2
qchisq(), 29
qnorm(), 29
qqline(), 28
qqnorm(), 28
qqplot(), 28
qt(), 29
qtukey(), 39
quantile(), 23
quartz(), 19
read.csv() , 18
read.table(), 18
rep(), 13
return(), 50
rexp(), 29, 33
rm(), 3
round(), 51
rug(), 21
runif(), 29
sample(), 33
scan(), 13
sd(), 23
search(), 17
segments(), 21
seq(), 12
shapiro.test(), 47
solve(), 10
sort(), 9
source(), 48
stem(), 27
sum(), 9
summary(), 23, 39
sqrt(), 8
t(), 11
t.test(), 35
table(), 24
text(), 21
title(), 21
TRUE or T, 6
ts.plot(), 28
TukeyHSD(), 40
uniroot(), 51
var(), 23
var.test(), 46
while(), 48, 49
wilcox.test(), 47
x11(), 19
Preface
This document is an introduction to the program R. Although it could be a companion manuscript for an introductory statistics course, it is designed to be used in a course on mathematical statistics. The purpose of this document is to introduce many of the basic concepts and nuances of the language so that users can avoid a slow learning curve. The best way to use this manual is to use a “learn by doing” approach. Try the examples and exercises in the Chapters and aim to understand what works and what doesn’t. In addition, some topics and special features of R have been added for the interested reader and to facilitate the subject matter. The most uptodate version of this manuscript can be found at http://www.mathcs.richmond.edu/~wowen/TheRGuide.pdf.
Font Conventions
This document is typed using Times New Roman font. However, when R code is presented, referenced, or when R output is given, we use 10 point Bold Courier New Font.
Acknowledgements
Much of this document started from class handouts. Those were augmented by including new material and prose to add continuity between the topics and to expand on various themes. We thank the large group of R contributors and other existing sources of documentation where some inspiration and ideas used in this document were borrowed. We also acknowledge the R Core team for their hard work with the software.
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Contents
Page 1. Overview and history 1.1 What is R? 1.2 Starting and Quitting R 1.3 A Simple Example: the c() Function and Vector Assignment 1.4 The Workspace 1.5 Getting Help 1.6 More on Functions in R 1.7 Printing and Saving Your Work 1.8 Other Sources of Reference 1.9 Exercises 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7
2. My Big Fat Greek Calculator 2.1 Basic Math 2.2 Vector Arithmetic 2.3 Matrix Operations 2.4 Exercises
8 8 9 10 11
3. Getting Data into R 3.1 Sequences 3.2 Reading in Data: Single Vectors 3.3 Data frames 3.3.1 Creating Data Frames 3.3.2 Datasets Included with R 3.3.3 Accessing Portions of a Data Frame 3.3.4 Reading in Datasets 3.3.5 Data files in formats other than ASCII text 3.4 Exercises
12 12 13 14 14 15 16 18 18 18
4. Introduction to Graphics 4.1 The Graphics Window 4.2 Two Generic Graphing Functions 4.2.1 The plot() function 4.2.2 The curve() function 4.3 Graph Embellishments 4.4 Changing Graphics Parameters 4.5 Exercises
19 19 19 19 20 21 21 22
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1 Numerical Summaries 5.4 Random Sampling 6. Statistical Methods 7.1 Discrete Distributions 6.4 Chisquare Tests 7.4 Numerical Methods 8. Advanced Topics 8.3 Graphing Distributions 6.5 Other Tests 35 35 37 37 39 39 40 44 44 45 46 8.3 Writing Functions 8. Probability.5 Exercises 29 29 30 30 31 32 33 34 7.4.3 Multiple Comparisons 7.2.3 Linear Regression 7.4.2 A Simulation Application: Monte Carlo Integration 6.1 Goodness of Fit 7.2.2.2 Contingency Tables 7. and Simulation 6.2 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) 7.1 Scripts 8.1 Factor Variables 7.2 The ANOVA Table 7.1 Distribution Functions in R 6.3 Exercises 23 23 24 28 6.2 Control Flow 8.3.1 One and Twosample ttests 7.5. Summarizing Data 5.3.2 Continuous Distributions 6.2 Graphical Summaries 5.5 Exercises 48 48 48 50 51 53 Appendix: Wellknown probability density/mass functions in R References Index 54 56 57 iv . Distributions.
org This is the main site for information on R. at http://cran. 1 . opensource. the commercial product is called SPLUS and it is distributed by the Insightful Corporation. international group of volunteer developers. For the most part. it is an elegant. The R project web page is http://www. After the software is installed on a Windows or Macintosh machine.1 What is R? R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data manipulation. FALSE or F. In addition. etc. It handles and analyzes data very effectively and it contains a suite of operators for calculations on arrays and matrices. Overview and History Functions and quantities introduced in this Chapter: apropos().2 Starting and Quitting R The easiest way to use R is in an interactive manner via the command line. as well as in various flavors of Unix and Linux. The software has quickly gained a widespread audience. and free implementation of the S programming language. you can visit the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) in the U. log(). read FAQs. calculation and graphical display. simulation. objectoriented programming language. R is available in Windows and Macintosh versions. get documentation. ls(). was a product of Bell Labs (of AT&T and now Lucent Technologies) and was originally a program for the Unix operating system.1.org/ New versions of the software are released periodically. It is currently maintained by the R Core development team – a hardworking.us. The S language. matrix(). For downloading the software directly. Although there are some minor differences between R and SPLUS (mostly in the graphical user interface). rm(). they are essentially identical. R is an independent. you simply double click the R icon (in Unix/Linux. statements in R are typed directly into the R Console window. the program’s “Gui” (graphical user interface) window appears.rproject. it has the graphical capabilities for very sophisticated graphs and data displays. Finally. you can find information on obtaining the software. q(). Today. The R project was started by Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka (that’s where the name “R” is derived) from the Statistics Department in the University of Auckland in 1995. c(). 1. help(). TRUE or T 1. which was written in the mid1970s. Under the opening message in the R Console is the > (“greater than”) prompt. Here. type R from the command prompt).S. When R is started.rproject.
Type 'demo()' for some demos. You give R a command and R does the work and gives the answer. This function combines terms together.6. You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.c(2. a variable can’t be named with all numbers.1) > dieroll [1] 2 5 1 6 5 5 4 1 > Notice a few things: We assigned the values to a variable called dieroll. we type > dieroll <. so you could have another variable called DiEroLL and it would be distinct.1.5.).3 A Simple Example: the c() Function and the Assignment Operator A useful command in R for entering small data sets is the c() function. For example.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help. though. 1. Natural language support but running in an English locale R is a collaborative project with many contributors. R is case sensitive. or 'help. To quit R. If your command is too long to fit on a line or if you submit an incomplete command. (Obviously. > At the > prompt.5. Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details. Type 'q()' to quit R.4. type q() or use the Exit option in the File menu. and periods (. The name of a variable can contain most combination of letters.1 (20090626) Copyright (C) 2009 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing ISBN 3900051070 R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. Type 'contributors()' for more information and 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications. a “+” is used for the continuation prompt. 'help()' for online help. you should be greeted with a command line similar to R version 2. numbers. you tell R what you want it to do.) 2 .5. suppose the following represents eight tosses of a fair die: 2 5 1 6 5 5 4 1 To enter this into an R session.Once R has started.9.
this is composed of a < (“less than”) and a – (“minus” or “dash”) typed together. You can add a comment to a command line by beginning it with the # character. It is usually read as “gets” – the variable dieroll gets the value c(2. R ignores everything on an input line after a #. we only have: > ls() [1] "dieroll" If we define a new variable – a simple function of the variable dieroll – it will be added to the workspace: > newdieroll <.5 0. To see what variables are in the workspace. But. you can save yourself a lot of typing when you learn to use the arrow keys effectively. it does when we type just the name on the input line as seen above. The value of dieroll doesn’t automatically print out. These keys combined with the mouse for cutting/pasting can make it very easy to edit and execute previous commands.1.5 3.4 The Workspace All variables or “objects” created in R are stored in what’s called the workspace.0 0. as of R version 1.4. 1.0.dieroll/2 # divide every element by two > newdieroll [1] 1.5.5. This indicates that the value is a vector (more on this later).0 2. to be specific. When entering commands in R.0 2.1).6. Alternatively.5 > ls() [1] "dieroll" "newdieroll" Notice a few more things: The new variable newdieroll has been assigned the value of dieroll divided by 2 – more about algebraic expressions is given in the next session.5 2. Currently. you can use the function ls() to list them (this function doesn’t need any argument between the parentheses).5 2. The left () and right arrow () keys move backwards and forwards along the command line. The assignment operator is “<”.4.5. The value of dieroll is prefaced with a [1]. use the rm() function: > rm(newdieroll) > ls() [1] "dieroll" # this was a silly variable anyway 3 . Each command you submit is stored in the History and the up arrow () will navigate backwards along this history and the down arrow () forwards. To remove objects from the workspace (you’ll want to do this occasionally when your workspace gets too cluttered). you can use “=” as the assignment operator.
base = exp(1)) log10(x) log2(x) . suppose you would like to learn more about the function log() in R. and `log2' computes binary (i. all objects (both new ones created in the current session and others from earlier sessions) will be available during your next session. base: positive number. (skipped material) Usage: log(x. 4 . base)' computes logarithms with base `base' (`log10' and `log2' are only special cases). base 10) logarithms. If you click no. all new objects will be lost and the workspace will be restored to the last time the image was saved. When exiting R. base = exp(1)) logb(x. . a Help Window opens with the following: log package:base R Documentation Logarithms and Exponentials Description: `log' computes natural logarithms. Defaults to e=`exp(1)'. However. `log10' computes common (i. The general form `logb(x. 1. . . this is dangerous – more likely than not you will want to keep some things and delete others. Arguments: x: a numeric or complex vector. . you can clear the entire workspace via the “Remove all objects” option under the “Misc” menu.In Windows. Get in the habit of saving your work – it will probably help you in the future.5 Getting Help There is text help available from within R using the function help() or the ? character typed before a command. `log(0)' gives `Inf' (when available). Value: A vector of the same length as `x' containing the transformed values. If you have questions about any function in this manual. For example.e... The following two commands result in the same thing: > help(log) > ?log In a Windows or Macintosh system. the software asks if you would like to save your workspace image. base 2) logarithms. . The base with respect to which logarithms are computed.e. . . see the corresponding help file. . If you click yes.
namely log10() and log2() for the calculation of base 10 and 2 (respectively) logarithms. We also see that there are other associated functions. let’s consider the function matrix(). Note that base is defaulted to e = 2.3. ncol = 1.2.default" "rlnorm" "qlnorm" "rnorm" Note that we put the keyword in double quotes.000000 1. to find all functions in R that contain the string norm. and functions usually require one or more input values.60517 > log2(16) # same as log(16.So.718281828. Usage: matrix(data = NA. As an example. A call to the help file gives the following: Matrices Description: 'matrix' creates a matrix from the given set of values.584963 2. You can also perform a keyword search with the function apropos(). In order to understand how to generally use functions in R.base=2) or just log(16. but single quotes ('') will also work. byrow = FALSE) 5 .4) [1] 0. Some examples: > log(100) [1] 4. which is the natural logarithm.2) [1] 4 > log(1000. type: > apropos("norm") [1] "dlnorm" "dnorm" [6] "qnorm" "qqnorm" > "plnorm" "pnorm" "qqnorm.4)) # log base 2 of the vector (1. we see that the log() function in R is the logarithm function from mathematics.6 More on Functions in R We have already seen a few functions at this point. This includes both the text help and help that you can access via a web browser. but R has an incredible number of functions that are built into the software. we can also use the log() function to calculate the logarithm of numerical vectors and matrices: > log2(c(1..000000 > Help can also be accessed from the menu on the R Console. 1.000000 1. This function takes two arguments: “x” is the variable or object that will be taken the logarithm of and “base” defines which logarithm is calculated.3.base=10) # same as log10(1000) [1] 3 > Due to the object oriented nature of R.2. and you even have the ability to write your own (see Chapter 8).. Most functions will return something. nrow = 1.
since this is the default value.8) > A <.4] [1. and they specify the entries and the size of the matrix object to be created. For the most part.4.. the call > matrix() will return a matrix that has one row.5. and we see that all of the arguments in the matrix() function do. So. The argument byrow is set to be either TRUE or FALSE (or T or F – either are allowed for logicals) to specify how the values are filled in the matrix.matrix(a. In addition.7. byrow=FALSE) > A [.3. however.4) to get the same result. the following is more interesting: > a <. but this will capture everything (including errors) from your session. There are 4 arguments for this function.1] [. we see that this is a function that takes vectors and turns them into matrix objects. it is best to include the argument names in a function call (especially when you aren’t using the default values) so that you don’t confuse yourself. with the single entry NA (missing or “not available”).7 Printing and Saving Your Work You can print directly from the R Console by selecting “Print…” in the File menu.2.matrix(a. So. In addition.] 1 3 5 7 [2. otherwise the matrix is filled by rows.ncol=4.nrow=2. If `FALSE' the matrix is filled by columns. We will learn more about this function in the next chapter.3] [.c(1. 1. Alternatively.6.2] [. However. you can copy what you need and paste it into a word processor or text editor (suggestion: use Courier font so that the formatting is identical to the R Console). the data vector the desired number of rows the desired number of columns logical. you can save everything in the R Console by using the “Save to File…” command..Arguments: data: nrow: ncol: byrow: . since there is a specified ordering to the arguments in the function. we also could have typed > A <. 6 .2.] 2 4 6 8 > # a is different from A Note that we could have left off the byrow=FALSE argument. Often arguments for functions will have default values. one column.
A good overview of the software with some nice descriptions of the graphical capabilities of R. and phone number. Peter is a member of the R Core team and this book is a fantastic reference that includes both elementary and some advanced statistical methods in R. like the program itself. Use the help system to find information on the R functions mean and median. Save your work from this session in the file 1stR. 1. These include: R for Beginners by Emmanuel Paradis (76 pages). Ripley. 4th Ed.N. Free Documentation: The CRAN website has several user contributed documents in several languages.8 Other Sources of Reference It would be impossible to describe all of R in a document of manageable size.9 Exercises 1. 4. manuals. The authoritative guide to the S programming language for advanced statistical methods. there are a number of tutorials. SpringerVerlag (2002). Books: These you have to buy. Venable and B.txt. Create the vector info that contains your age. 7 .D.1. height (in inches/cm). Get a list of all the functions in R that contains the string test. The author assumes that the reader knows some statistical methods. by W. R reference card by Tom Short (4 pages). much of what you can find is free. Here are some examples of documentation that are available: The R program: From the Help menu you can access the manuals that come with the software. and books that can help with learning to use R. But. 2. Happily. 3. 5. This is a great desk companion when working with R. Create the matrix Ident defined as a 3x3 identity matrix. These are written by the R core development team. SpringerVerlag (2002). but they are excellent! Some examples: Introductory Statistics with R by Peter Dalgaard. but the manual “An Introduction to R” is a good source of useful information. Some are very lengthy and specific. Modern Applied Statistics with S.
. t().*. pi.1 Basic Math One of the simplest (but very useful) ways to use R is as a powerful number cruncher. log() gamma() factorial() choose() > sqrt(2) [1] 1. diff(). The Greek letters and are used to denote sums and products.^. cumsum(). abs().5) [1] 2598960 Operation square root absolute value trig functions (radians) – type ?Trig for others the number = 3. Some examples: > 2+3 [1] 5 > 3/2 [1] 1. cumprod(). My Big Fat Greek1 Calculator Functions. sqrt(). det(). 8 . respectively. 2. exp(). choose()./.. and constants introduced in this Chapter: +.414214 > abs(24) [1] 2 > cos(4*pi) [1] 1 > log(0) [1] Inf > factorial(6) [1] 720 > choose(52.2. dim(). sum(). cos(). solve(). tan(). operators.. cos().5 > 2^3 # this also can be written as 2**3 [1] 8 > 4^23*2 # this is simply 16 . exponential and logarithm Euler’s gamma function factorial function combination # not defined # 6! # this is 52!/(47!*5!) 1 Ahem. %*%. Signomi. factorial(). sort(). tan() pi exp(). /.matrix().6 [1] 10 > (5614)/6 – 4*7*10/(5^25) # this is more complicated [1] 7 Other standard functions that are found on most calculators are available in R: Name sqrt() abs() sin(). sin(). prod(). ^. eigen(). *. as. The R language includes the usual arithmetic operations: +. length(). By that I mean using R to perform standard mathematical calculations.1415926. gamma().
3.1.7.) Some examples of such operations are: > x <.11) > length(s) [1] 6 > sum(s) # 1+1+3+4+7+11 [1] 27 > prod(s) # 1*1*3*4*7*11 [1] 924 > cumsum(s) [1] 1 2 5 9 16 27 > diff(s) # 11.333333 2.000000 > yx [1] 4 4 4 4 > x^y [1] 1 64 2187 65536 > cos(x*pi) + cos(y*pi) [1] 2 2 2 2 > Other useful functions that pertain to vectors include: Name length() sum() prod() cumsum().c(1.3.8) > x*y [1] 5 12 21 32 > y/x [1] 5. (However.4.2 Vector Arithmetic Vectors can be manipulated in a similar manner to scalars by using the same functions introduced in the last section.6. 73.c(1.4) > y <. 74.2. 31. 114 [1] 2 3 4 7 9 .000000 3.000000 2. one must be careful when adding or subtracting vectors of different lengths or some unexpected results may occur.7. lag = 2) # 31.2. 43.c(5. 41. cumprod() sort() diff() Operation returns the number of entries in a vector calculates the arithmetic sum of all values in the vector calculates the product of all values in the vector cumulative sums and products sort a vector computes suitably lagged (default is 1) differences Some examples using these functions: > s <. 117 [1] 0 2 1 3 4 > diff(s.
you can create matrix objects from vectors of numbers using the matrix() command: > a <. nrow = 5.] 9 10 > C <. B. nrow = 2.] 2 7 [3. also solves a system of linear equations computes eigenvalues and eigenvectors Using the matrices A.3.] 1 6 [2.] 3 8 [4.10) > A <.] 3 4 [3.5.] 5 10 # fill in by column > B <. transpose.6.5] [1.matrix() %*% t() det() solve() eigen() Operation dimension of the matrix (number of rows and columns) used to coerce an argument into a matrix object matrix multiplication matrix transpose determinant of a square matrix matrix inverse. ncol = 5.) can easily be performed in R using a few simple functions like: Name dim() as.7.matrix(a. nrow = 5. and C just created. ncol = 2) > A [.] 7 8 [5.] 1 2 3 4 5 [2.1] [. As we have seen in the last chapter.4] [. byrow = TRUE) # fill in by row > B [.9.1] [.2] [.3] [.1] [.] 5 6 [4.c(1.4.2. byrow = TRUE) > C [.2] [1.2.2] [1.matrix(a.8. we can have some linear algebra fun using the above functions: 10 . ncol = 2. etc.] 4 9 [5.matrix(a.] 1 2 [2.3 Matrix Operations Among the many powerful features of R is its ability to perform matrix operations.] 6 7 8 9 10 > Matrix operations (multiplication.
] 95 110 [2.] 41 52 63 74 85 [4.1] [.44 0.C%*%B > D [.1] [.] 4 9 [5.19 > # this is D1 2.2] [. ee.5] [1.4] [.] 1 6 [2.] 13 16 19 22 25 [2.3)8 + ln(7. 3. The dot product of [2.] 2 7 [3.] 55 70 85 100 115 [5. 1]. 1 5 1 2 5. 6.1] [.> t(C) [.52 0. 1.1] [.] 69 88 107 126 145 > D <.22 [2.] 5 10 # this is the same as A!! > B%*%C [.4 Exercises Use R to compute the following: 1. Find AB and BA . 5. 7] and [1. 2 3 32 .2] [1.] 3 8 [4.] 220 260 > det(D) [1] 500 > solve(D) [. B = 4 7 2 5 1 3 5 2 0 1 3 4 1 T 2 4 7 3 .] 27 34 41 48 55 [3. 2.2] [1.5) – cos(/ 2 ).] 0.2] [1. Let A = 2 1 6 4 .3] [. (2. 11 .] 0. 3. 1 2 3 2 4.
5 2. :. data.5. Instead of typing the sequence out. edit().c("Stephen". scan(). This function can also be used to construct a vector of text values: > mykids <.5 4.3.0 3.0 2. seq() We have already seen how the combine function c() in R can make a simple vector of numerical values.0 4. data(). Getting Data into R Functions and operators introduced in this section: $.5) # increment by 0. attributes().5:10.5 5.0 1.by=. file.5 6.10) [1] 1.5 7. search().5 4.5 3.5 9. "Christopher") > mykids [1] "Stephen" "Christopher" # put text in quotes As we will see.frame().5) [1] 1 2 3 4 5 # same as 1:5 > seq(1. You can either specify the incremental value or the desired length of the sequence: > seq(1.5 The sequence function seq() The sequence function can create a string of values with any increment you wish. there are many other ways to create vectors and datasets in R. we can define the pattern using some special operators and functions.5 10.table(). attach().0 # same as factorial(8) 4.5 > prod(1:8) [1] 40320 # we can attach it to the end this way 5.5 2. rep().5 6.0 12 .5 7.5 3.5 9.1 Sequences Sometimes we will need to create a string of numerical values that have a regular pattern.5 8.5 2. 3.5:10 # you won’t get to 10 here [1] 1. The colon operator : The colon operator creates a vector of numbers (between two specified numbers) that are one unit apart: > 1:9 [1] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 > 1. read.5 > c(1. fix().5 3.choose().5 5.5 [1] 1.5 8.
C.33333 3.nrow=4) [. This is useful since data values need only be separated by a blank space (although this can be changed in the arguments of the function)."D").> seq(1.] 0 0 0 0 [3. you get a prompt signifying that R expects you to type in values to be added to the vector x.3] [. Also.5.] 0 0 0 0 [4. Suppose that we count the number of passengers (not including the driver) in the next 30 automobiles at an intersection: > passengers <.B.00000 3.scan() 1: 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 # I hit return 23: 1 3 2 2 3 1 0 3 # I hit return again 31: # I hit return one last time Read 30 items > passengers # print out the values [1] 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 2 2 3 1 0 3 13 .2) # repeat the string A.1] [."C"."B". R will stop adding data when you enter a blank row. After entering a blank row.16).00000 The replicate function rep() The replicate function can repeat a value or a sequence of values a specified number of times: > rep(10.33333 5. the c() function can be unwieldy.] 0 0 0 0 > # a 4x4 matrix of zeroes 3. but you can specify others by using the “what =” option.2 Reading in Data: Single Vectors When entering a larger array of values. The prompt indicates the indexed value in the vector that it expects to receive.10) # repeat the value 10 ten times [1] 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 > rep(c("A".2] [.66667 4.] 0 0 0 0 [2. by default the function expects numerical inputs.D twice [1] "A" "B" "C" "D" "A" "B" "C" "D" > matrix(rep(0.4] [1. The syntax is: > x <. Alternatively.length=7) # figure out the increment for this length [1] 1.00000 1. R will indicate the number of values it read in.66667 2.scan() # read what is typed into the variable x When the above is typed in an R session. data can be read directly from the keyboard by using the scan() function.
3. we need to take special care denoting the space character. For example.. in the automobile experiment from the last section. an explorertype window will open and the file can be selected interactively.In addition. This allows for an interactive means for dataentry that resembles a spreadsheet. not a backslash (\) in the path of the filename – even on a Windows system. You can access the editor by using either the edit() or fix() commands: > new. Individual variables are designated as columns of the data frame and have unique names. To read in this data that is located on a C: drive. In so doing.choose() in place of the filename. A dataset in R is best stored in an object called a data frame.3 Data Frames 3. the scan() function can be used to read data that is stored (as ASCII text) in an external file into a vector.edit(new. you can use the function file. N). a dataset will contain more than one variable recorded in an experiment. you simply pass the filename (in quotes) to the scan() function.") If the directory name and/or file name contains spaces. This is done by including a backslash (\) before the space is typed. The basic syntax is given by: > dat <.3.frame() > new. More on reading in datasets from external sources is given in the next section.txt") Read 30 items > Notes: ALWAYS view the text file first before you read it into R to make sure it is what you want and formatted appropriately. suppose that the above passenger data was originally saved in a text file called passengers. To do this. data can also read (contained in a text file) from a URL using the scan() function.data.. we would simply type > passengers <. all of the columns in a data frame must be of the same length. other variables might have been recorded like automobile type (sedan.txt that is located on a disk drive. etc.1 Creating Data Frames Often in statistics.scan("C:/passengers. However. For example.scan("http://www. minivan.data <. To represent directories or subdirectories.data <. SUV. use the forward slash (/).data) # creates an "empty" data frame # request that changes made are # written to data frame 14 . As an alternative. You can enter data directly into a data frame by using the builtin data editor.) and driver seatbelt use (Y. If your computer is connected to the internet.
"Y"."Y"."Y". ."Y"."Y"."Y". + "Y"."Y".data <.data) # creates an "empty" data frame # changes saved automatically The data editor allows you to add as many variables (columns) to your data frame that you wish."Y".3."Y".data. The values along the left side are simply the row numbers.dat passengers seatbelt 1 2 Y 2 4 N 3 0 Y 4 1 Y 5 1 Y 6 2 Y ."Y". N = seatbelt not worn. type > data() 15 . we need to put quotes around each data value): > seatbelt <.data."N".frame(passengers. To see the list of datasets."N"."Y". When you close the data editor.seatbelt) A data frame looks like a matrix when you view it: > car."Y". 3."Y".2 Datasets Included with R R contains many datasets that are builtin to the software. etc."Y") > # return # return We can combine these variables into a single data frame with the command > car. by clicking the column header."Y".frame() > fix(new."Y"."Y"."Y"."Y".dat <."Y"."Y"."Y". the edited frame is saved. var2. . the variable type (either numeric or character) can also be specified. This data is entered by (recall that since these data are text based. At this point. Suppose that in the last experiment we also recorded the seatbelt use of the driver: Y = seatbelt worn."Y". The column names can be changed from the default var1."Y"."Y". + "N".c("Y". You can also create data frames from preexisting variables in the workspace. These datasets are stored as data frames.OR > new.
column format) in brackets after the name of the data frame: > trees[4. you can make R find variables in any data frame by adding the data frame to the search path. third column # get the whole forth row Often. but using the $ argument can get a little awkward.A window will open and the available datasets are listed (many others are accessible from external userwritten packages.4 > trees[4. simply type > data(trees) After doing so.3 70 10.6 65 10. however). Fortunately. To access single variables in a data frame. type > attach(trees) 16 .3 2 8. To open the dataset called trees.4 > # entry at forth row. to include the variables in the data frame trees in the search path.7 81 18.3. type help(trees).2 4 10.] Girth Height Volume 4 10. we will want to access variables in a data frame. the data frame trees is now in your workspace. To learn more about this (or any other included dataset).3 Accessing Portions of a Data Frame You can access single variables in a data frame by using the $ argument. we see that the trees dataset has three variables: > trees Girth Height Volume 1 8.8 63 10.3 3 8. For example. .4 5 10.8 .3] [1] 16. .5 72 16. use a $ between the data frame and column names: > trees$Height [1] 70 65 63 72 81 83 66 75 80 75 79 76 76 69 75 74 85 86 71 64 78 [22] 80 74 72 77 81 82 80 80 80 87 > sum(trees$Height) # sum of just these values [1] 2356 > You can also access a specific element or row of data by calling the specific position (in row. For example. 3.5 72 16.
any objects added to the search path are removed anyway. the variables in trees are accessible without the $ notation: > Height [1] 70 65 63 72 81 83 66 75 80 75 79 76 76 69 75 74 85 86 71 64 [21] 78 80 74 72 77 81 82 80 80 80 87 To see exactly what is going on here. . use the attributes() function.names [1] "1" "2" "3" "4" "5" "6" "7" "8" "9" "10" "11" [12] "12" "13" "14" "15" "16" "17" "18" "19" "20" "21" "22" [23] "23" "24" "25" "26" "27" "28" "29" "30" "31" $class [1] "data. data frame. we see that the trees object is a data frame with 31 rows and has variable names corresponding to the measurements taken on each tree. This is the order in which R looks for things when you type in commands. However.frame" > Here.Now. To remove an object from the search path.GlobalEnv" [4] "package:stats" [7] "Autoloads" > "trees" "package:graphics" "package:base" "package:methods" "package:utils" Note that the data frame trees is placed as the second item in the search path. Lastly. For example: > attributes(trees) $names [1] "Girth" "Height" "Volume" $row. To list the features of any object in R. using the variable Height. etc.GlobalEnv is your workspace and the package quantities are libraries that contain (among other things) the functions and datasets that we are learning about in this manual. note that when you exit R. FYI. this is a cool feature: > Height[Height > 75] # pick off all heights greater than 75 [1] 81 83 80 79 76 76 85 86 78 80 77 81 82 80 80 80 87 > 17 . be it a vector. we can view the search path by using the search() command: > search() [1] ". use the detach() command in the same way that attach() is used.
this is usually preferred.4 Reading in Datasets A dataset that has been created and stored externally (again. enter 10 numbers (picked at random between 1 and 100) into a vector called blahblah.09091 10. 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 b. R can take those as the names of the variables in the data frame.Conc. However. or the file. 3. etc.) grade: your anticipated grade (A.g. 3.csv() is used in a similar fashion.g.00000 10. Excel. there are R functions that can be used to import the data in R.27273 10. the function read.22727 10.read. "1" "2" "3" "banana" "1" "2" "3" "banana" 2. C. since most programs allow you to save data files as a tab delimited text files.50000 c.3. SPSS. Load in the stackloss dataset from within R and save the variables Water. This is specified with the header = T option in the function call. Using the scan() function.04545 10. For example. in a data frame called tempacid.13636 10. Generate the following sequences in R: a. B.5 Data files in formats other than ASCII text If you have a file that is in a softwarespecific format (e.table(file.). etc. 3. For CSV files.3.choose() function can be used to select the file interactively. Here. TR.31818 10. you can ignore this option and R will use the default variable names for a data frame. the function call > smith <. Filenames are specified in the same way as the scan() function.4 Exercises 1. we use the function read. Create a data frame called schedule with the following variables: coursenumber: the course numbers of your classes this semester (e.45455 10. or F) 4.18182 10. 18 .table() to load the dataset into a data frame. 329) coursedays: meeting days (either MWF. If no header is included in a file.40909 10. header=T) would read in data from a userspecified text file where the first line of the file designates the names of the variables in the data frame. 10. as ASCII text) can be read into a data frame.3.36364 10. D.choose().Temp and Acid. If the first line of the text file contains the names of the variables in the dataset (which is often the case). The manual “R Data Import/Export” accessible on the R Project website addresses this.
Alternatively.2. function graphs. If no such window is open when a graphical function is executed. There. they are presented in the active graphical device or window (for the Mac. If two vector objects (of the same length) are given. Introduction to Graphics One of the greatest powers of R is its graphical capabilities (see the exercises section in this chapter for some amazing demonstrations).4. some of these features will be briefly explored. In this section. If a single vector object is given to plot(). This is a generic function that can be used for scatterplots. You can access old graphs by using the “Page Up” and “Page Down” keys. A graph can also be saved in many other formats. Other graphical functions will be described in Chapter 5. For example. you can also resize the graph to fit your needs. two basic functions will be profiled. the values are plotted on the yaxis against the row numbers or index. Volume) # object trees is in the search path The plot appears in the graphics window: 19 . and they range from the very basic to the very advanced and intricate. or postscript. 4. or choose to copy the graph to the clipboard and paste it into a word processor. metafile. Some features of the graphics window: You can print directly from the graphics window.2 Two Basic Graphing Functions There are many functions in R that produce graphs. a bivariate scatterplot is produced. you can save a “history” of your graphs by activating the Recording feature under the History menu (seen when the graphics window is active). In MS Windows. 4. you can simply open a new active graphics window (by using the function x11() in Windows/Unix and quartz() on a Mac). R will open one. we can draw a scatterplot: > plot(Height. 4. and information on ways to embellish plots will be given in the sections that follow. Each time a new plot is produced in the graphics window. In this chapter. etc. consider again the dataset trees in R. including pdf. the old one is lost. To visualize the relationship between Height and Volume. bitmap. timeseries plots. jpeg.1 The plot() Function The most common function used to graph anything in R is the plot() function.1 The Graphics Window When pictures are created in R. it’s the Quartz device).
the function graph will be overlaid on the current graph in the graphics window (this useful feature will be illustrated in Chapter 6). This graph is pretty basic. . add: logical. to: the range over which the function will be plotted. These include adding titles/subtitles.) Arguments: expr: an expression written as a function of 'x' from.2. to.2 The curve() Function To graph a continuous function over a specified range of values.. The basic use of this function is: curve(expr.Volume 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 65 70 75 Height 80 85 Notice that the format here is the first variable is plotted along the horizontal axis and the second variable is plotted along the vertical axis. This function will be used again in the succeeding chapters.. Note that it is necessary that the expr argument is always written as a function of 'x'. See ?par for an overwhelming lists of these options. the curve() function can be used (although interestingly curve() actually calls the plot() function). 20 . By default. changing the plotting character/color (over 600 colors are available!). etc. from. if 'TRUE' add to already existing plot. the variable names are listed along each axis. but the plot() function can allow for some pretty snazzy window dressing by changing the function arguments from the default values. add = FALSE. 4. If the argument add is set to TRUE.
For example.0 0. there are a host of other functions that can be used to add features to a drawn graph in the graphics window. These include (see each function’s help file for more information): Function abline() arrows() lines() points() rug() segments() text() title() Operation adds a straight line with specified intercept and slope (or draw a vertical or horizontal line) adds an arrow at a specified coordinate adds lines between coordinates adds points at specified coordinates (also for overlaying scatterplots) adds a “rug” representation to one axis of the plot similar to lines() above adds text (possibly inside the plotting region) adds main titles. etc.0 1 2 3 x 4 5 6 4. to = 2*pi) sin(x) 1.1.0 0 0. with other options The plot used on the cover page of this document includes some of these additional features applied to the graph in Section 4. from = 0. 21 .3 Graph Embellishments In addition to standard graphics functions.5 1. the curve() function can be used to plot the sine function from 0 to 2: > curve(sin(x).2.5 0. subtitles.
2)) par(lend = 1) par(bg = "cornsilk") par(xlog = TRUE) # # # # gives a 2 x 2 layout of plots gives "butt" line end caps for line plots2 plots drawn with this colored background always plot x axis on a logarithmic scale Any or all parameters can be changed in a par() command.4.readonly = TRUE) .. and then after making changes recall the original parameter settings. make your changes in par() . the default graphical parameters can be changed using the par() function. enter the following commands to see some R’s incredible graphical capabilities. > demo(graphics) > demo(persp) > demo(image) # for 3d plots 2 This is used for all line plots (e. page 31) presented herein. For this section. To do this.. 22 . type > oldpar <. Some very useful ones are given below: > > > > par(mfrow = c(2... There are over 70 graphics parameters that can be adjusted. and they remain in effect until they are changed again (or if the program is exited). so only a few will be mentioned here. then. or to have every graphic created in the graphics window follow a specified form.5 Exercises As mentioned previously. You can save a copy of the original parameter settings in par(). try pasting/inserting a graph into a word processor or document. > par(oldpar) # default (original) parameter settings restored 4. To make changes to how plots appear in the graphics window itself.g.4 Changing Graphics Parameters There is still more fine tuning available for altering the graphics settings.par(no. Also. more on graphics will be seen in the next two chapters.
875 17.0 175 3. while graphical summaries include histograms and boxplots.7 8 360.g.8 4 108.0 6 160.620 16. sd() cov(). max() quantile() var(). let’s consider the dataset mtcars in R contains measurements on 11 aspects of automobile design and performance for 32 automobiles (197374 models): > data(mtcars) > attach(mtcars) > mtcars Mazda RX4 Mazda RX4 Wag Datsun 710 Hornet 4 Drive Hornet Sportabout . For numerical data.44 1 0 3 1 18. or is categorical in nature (like the eye color recorded for a sample of 50 fruit flies).0 110 3.0 110 3.0 93 3. Summarizing Data One of the simplest ways to describe what is going on in a dataset is to use a graphical or numerical summary procedure. For the continuous variables.0 110 3.0 6 160. .320 18. cor() Operation arithmetic mean sample median fivenumber summary generic summary function for data and model fits smallest/largest values calculate sample quantiles (percentiles) sample variance. disp.4 6 258.215 19.46 0 1 4 4 21. 5.02 0 1 4 4 22.90 2.440 17.61 1 1 4 1 21. sample standard deviation sample covariance/correlation These functions will take one or more vectors as arguments for the calculation. they will (in general) work in the correct way when they are given a data frame as the argument.5. gear. in addition.85 2. we can calculate: 23 . # load in dataset # add mtcars to search path mpg cyl disp hp drat wt qsec vs am gear carb 21. cyl) in nature.1 Numerical Summaries R includes a host of built in functions for computing sample statistics for both numerical (both continuous and discrete) and categorical data. the above numerical measures may not be of much use.15 3. and variances. If your data contains only discrete counts (like the number of pets owned by each family in a group of 20 families). For examples using these functions. For categorical or discrete data. Numerical summaries are things like means. proportions.08 3. we can use the table() function to summarize a dataset. carb. .02 0 0 3 2 The variables in this dataset are both continuous (e.90 2. wt) and discrete (e. these include Name mean() median() fivenum() summary() min(). mpg.g.
probs = c(. and fourteen have 8 cylinders.332 > cor(wt.20. .21875 0.43750 # note: length(cyl) = 32 5.734 19.34375 0. it can be seen that eleven of the vehicles have 4 cylinders. We can turn the counts into percentages (or relative frequencies) by dividing by the total number of observations: > table(cyl)/length(cyl) cyl 4 6 8 0.2 Graphical Summaries barplot(): For discrete or categorical data.4 4 6 8 24 . we can get summary counts: > table(cyl) cyl 4 6 8 11 7 14 So.80)) # 20th and 80th percentiles 20% 80% 16.3 0. we can display the information given in a table command in a picture using the barplot() function. seven vehicles have 6.8676594 For the discrete variables.6875 > var(mpg) [1] 36.2 0.> mean(hp) [1] 146.mpg) # not surprising that this is negative [1] 0.3241 > quantile(qsec.0 0. This function takes as its argument a table object created using the table() command discussed above: > barplot(table(cyl)/length(cyl)) # use relative frequencies on # the yaxis 0.1 0.
if TRUE.See ?barplot on how to change the fill color. 1 the formula proposed by Scott (1979) is based on the standard deviation (s) 3 . This is given by log 2 (n) 1 where n is the sample size and is the ceiling operator. etc.prob=FALSE. hist(): This function will plot a histogram that is typically used to display continuoustype data.breaks="Sturges". 1 25 . add titles to your graph. _relative_ frequencies ("probabilities").main=paste("Histogram of" . By default. the histogram graphic is a representation of frequencies. component 'density'. R uses the Sturges formula for calculating the number of bins. breaks: one of: * a character string (in double quotes) naming an algorithm to compute the number of cells The default for 'breaks' is '"Sturges"': Other names for which algorithms are supplied are '"Scott"' and '"FD"' * a single number giving the number of cells for the histogram prob: logical.5 s n 3 . Its format.xname)) Arguments: x: a vector of values for which the histogram is desired. are plotted. Too few or too many bins can result in a poor picture that won’t characterize the data well. is: hist(x. main: the title for the histogram The breaks argument specifies the number of bins (or “classes”) for the histogram. Other methods exist that consider finding the optimal bin width (the number of bins required would then be the sample range divided by the bin width). The FreedmanDiaconis formula (Freedman and Diaconis 1981) is based on the interquartile range (iqr) 2 iqr n 3 . with the most commonly used options. if FALSE. the 'counts' component of the result.
4 0. main = "Old Faithful data".5 2 3 eruptions 4 5 We can give the picture a slightly different look by changing the number of bins: > hist(eruptions.5 eruptions 4.3 0.0 2.5 0. which is a famous dataset that exhibits natural bimodality. prob = T) Old Faithful data Density 0.1 0. The variable eruptions gives the duration of the eruption (in minutes) and waiting is the time between eruptions for the Old Faithful geyser: > data(faithful) > attach(faithful) > hist(eruptions.5 0. consider the faithful dataset in R.0 3.4 0. prob = T.5 3. breaks=18) Old Faithful data 0.1 0.To see some differences.7 Density 0.5 5.0 26 .2 0.0 0.0 4.2 0.0 1.6 2. main = "Old Faithful data".3 0.
waiting) 0 20 40 60 80 eruptions waiting Thus. See ?boxplot for ways to add titles/color. For the two data files in the Old Faithful dataset: > boxplot(faithful) # same as boxplot(eruptions. but if many vectors are contained (or if a data frame is passed). > stem(waiting) The decimal point is 1 digit(s) to the right of the  4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9             3 55566666777788899999 00000111111222223333333444444444 555555666677788889999999 00000022223334444 555667899 00001111123333333444444 555555556666666667777777777778888888888888889999999999 000000001111111111111222222222222333333333333334444444444 55555566666677888888999 00000012334 6 boxplot() This function will construct a single boxplot if the argument passed is a single vector. 27 . changing the orientation. a boxplot for each variable is produced on the same graph. the waiting time for an eruption is generally much larger and has higher variability than the actual eruption time. stem() This function constructs a textbased stemandleaf display that is produced in the R Console. The optional argument scale can be used to control the length of the display. etc.
type > plot(ecdf(x)) qqnorm() and qqline() These functions are used to check for normality in a sample of data by constructing a normal probability plot (NPP) or normal qq plot. and normal probability plot for the variable stack. ecdf(): This function will create the values of the empirical distribution function (EDF) Fn(x). and 5 number summary of the variable stack.plot() Operation Draws all possible scatterplots for two columns in a matrix/dataframe Three dimensional plots with colors and perspective Constructs a pie chart for categorical/discrete data quantilequantile plot to compare two datasets Time series plot 5. Create a histogram. Other graphical functions include: Name pairs() persp() pie() qqplot() ts. It requires a single argument – the vector of numerical values in a sample. variance. Compute the mean. 2. Does an assumption of normality seem appropriate for this sample? 28 .loss. The syntax is: > qqnorm(x) > qqline(x) # creates the NPP for values stored in x # adds a reference line for the NPP Only a few of the many functions used for graphics have been discussed so far.loss. To plot the EDF for data contained in x. boxplot.3 Exercises Using the stackloss dataset that is available from within R: 1.
shape2 size. k (sample size) size.75. rate (or scale = 1/rate) prob m.sd=2) # P(X 12) for X~N(mu = 10... lambda=4) # P(X=0)..mean=10. The syntax has the following form – we use the wildcard rname to denote a distribution above: > > > > drname(x..prob=.size=10. max = 1 rate = 1 scale = 1 geometric hypergeometric negative binomial normal Poisson t distribution Weibull mean = 0..6.prob=. percentiles. and Simulation 6. put in x w <. ‘p’ for the CDF. and ‘r’ for the generation of pseudorandom variables.1) # simulate 1000 from Exp( = 10) dbinom(3. prob df (degrees of freedom) min. sigma = 2) qnorm(. rrname(n.df=20) # 95th percentile of t(20) 29 .sd=2) # 3rd quartile of N(mu = 10. P(X=2) for X ~ Poisson pbinom(3.25) dpois(0:2. R’s definitions are given in the Appendix.sigma = 2) qchisq(. The following table gives examples of various function names in R along with additional arguments.) # # # # the pdf/pmf at x (possibly a vector) the CDF at q (possibly a vector) the pth (possibly a vector) percentile/quantile simulate n observations from this distribution Note: since probability density/mass functions can be parameterized differently. Probability.. scale Argument defaults min = 0.df=8) # 10th percentile of 2(8) qt(. df2 shape. qrname(p. prob mean..mean=10.10. ‘q’ for the percentile function (also called the quantile). n.) .25) # P(X 3) in the above distribution pnorm(12. p=. sd lambda df shape. max rate df1.) .rnorm(100) # simulate 100 standard normal RVs.. Distribution beta binomial Chisquare continuous uniform exponential F distribution gamma R name beta binom chisq unif exp f gamma geom hyper nbinom norm pois t weibull Additional arguments shape1.25) # P(X=3) for X ~ Bin(n=10. the evaluation of probability density/mass functions.rate=.95.size=10. sd = 1 scale = 1 Prefix each R name given above with ‘d’ for the density or mass function.) . Distributions. and the generation of pseudorandom variables following a number of common distributions. prname(q. .rexp(1000. P(X=1). The following are examples with these R functions: > > > > > > > > > x <.1 Distribution Functions in R R allows for the calculation of probabilities (including cumulative).
this method can be modified to use other distributions (besides the Uniform) defined over the same interval. triple integrals) rises. However. 3 30 . 4 The R function integrate() is another option for numerical quadrature. /2 Example: Consider the definite integral: 4 sin( 2 x ) exp( x 0 2 )dx . A Monte Carlo estimate would be given by (using 1. Compared to other numerical methods for approximating integrals. As it turns out. Xn on the interval [a. so b–a=pi/2 [1] 2. ˆ I n (b a )Eg ( X ) . X2.2 A Simulation Application: Monte Carlo Integration Suppose that we wish to calculate I= g ( x)dx . Suppose that we generate n independent Uniform random variables3 (this we have already seen how to do) X1. Standard techniques involve approximating the integral by a sum.189178 Another call gets a slightly different answer (remember.runif(1000000. By mathematical expectation. I n can be used as an approximation for I that improves as n increases4. E g ( X ) g ( x ) a b 1 1 dx I ba ba ˆ So. b=pi/2. as n increases with out bound. min=0. b=pi/2. the Monte Carlo method is not particularly efficient.000. b]. and many computer packages can do this. See ?integrate.6.000 observations): > u <.runif(1000000. the Monte Carlo method becomes increasingly efficient as the dimensionality of the integral (e. b] and compute 1 n I (b a) g (X i ) n i 1 By the Law of Large Numbers. max=pi/2) > pi/2*mean(4*sin(2*u)*exp(u^2)) # a=0.191414 The method can be easily modified to use another distribution defined on the interval [a.g. a b but the antiderivative of g(x) cannot be found in closed form. See Robert and Casella (1999). double integrals. it is a limiting value!): > u <. max=pi/2) # generate a new uniform vector > pi/2*mean(4*sin(2*u)*exp(u^2)) # a=0. min=0. Another approach to finding I is called Monte Carlo integration and it works for the following example. …. so b–a=pi/2 [1] 2.
which is line thickness).6.25: > x <. ylab = "p(x)".05 0. type = "h". we could have produced the same plot without actually creating the vectors x and y (embellishments removed): > plot(0:10.3. we specified that the plot be of type "h" which is gives the histogramlike vertical lines and we “fattened” the lines with the lwd = 30 option (the default width is 1. By default. main = "Binomial Probabilities w/ n = 10. size=10. Then. Then we calculated the binomial probabilities at each of the points in x and stored them in the vector y.10 0.25". type = "h". R would simply produce a scatterplot.15 0. to graph the probability mass function for the binomial distribution with n = 10 and p = .3 Graphing Distributions 6. prob=. For example. we note that to conserve space in the workspace. Lastly. Finally.0:10 > y <.25) # evaluate probabilities > plot(x. but we can specify the plot type by using the type and lwd (line width) arguments.25 p(x) 0. we gave it some informative titles.00 0 0. prob=. Here. we created the vector x that contains the integers 0 through 10. p = . size=10.1 Discrete Distributions Graphs of probability mass functions (pmfs) and CDFs can be drawn using the plot() function. lwd = 30) 31 .20 0. lend ="square") # not a hard return here! Binomial Probabilities w/ n = 10. we give the function the support of the distribution and probabilities at these points.dbinom(x.25 2 4 x 6 8 10 We have done a few things here. First.25). p = . dbinom(x. lwd = 30. y.
from = 3. we can use the curve() function that was introduced in Chapter 4. mean=10.4 # the standard normal curve dnorm(x) 0. sd = 2) 0. we could have used upper and lower percentiles (say the . Also note that the curve() function has as an option to be added to an existing plot. Alternatively.6.0 3 0.3 2 1 0 x 1 2 3 > curve(pnorm(x.8 1. sd=2). to = 3) 0. you don’t have to specify the from and to arguments because R defaults 32 . we can use the names of density functions in R as the expression argument.5% and 99. to = 16) # a normal CDF pnorm(x.2 0.1 0.2 Continuous Distributions To graph smooth functions like a probability density function or CDF for a continuous random variable. mean = 10. Some examples: > curve(dnorm(x).5%) and calculated them by using the qnorm() function.0 6 8 10 x 12 14 16 Note that we restricted the plotting to be between 3 and 3 in the first plot since this is where the standard normal has the majority of its area.3.6 0. When you overlay a curve.4 0.2 0. from = 4. To plot a density function.0 4 0.
complex. size. resampling methods (repeated sampling within the same sample) like the bootstrap are important tools in statistics. size: nonnegative integer giving the number of items to choose. The key function in R is the sample() function.1). or a positive integer.06 10 20 30 simdata 40 50 60 6. replace: Should sampling be with or without replacement? prob: An optional vector of probability weights for obtaining the elements of the vector being sampled.4 Random Sampling Simple probability experiments like “choosing a number at random between 1 and 100” and “drawing three balls from an urn” can be simulated in R.02 0. breaks = "FD".1) > hist(simdata. replace = FALSE. main="Exp(theta = 10) RVs") > curve(dexp(x. character or logical) vector of more than one element from which to choose. rate=.rexp(1000.them to the low and high values of the xvalues on the original plot. prob = T.00 0 0. prob = NULL) Arguments: x: Either a (numeric. Some examples using this function are: 33 . The theory behind games like these forms the foundation of sampling theory (drawing random samples from fixed populations). rate=. Its usage is: sample(x. add = T) # overlay the density curve Exp(theta = 10) RVs Density 0.04 0. Consider how the histogram a large simulation of random variables compares to the density function: > simdata <. in addition.
6. replace = T) [1] 1 3 6 4 5 2 2 5 4 5 # choose a number between 1 and 100 # toss a fair die 10 times > sample(1:6. … 15.8).> sample(1:100. T. Simulate 100 observations from the normal distribution with = 50 and = 4. 1. Simulate 20 observations from the binomial distribution with n = 15 and p = 0.2.. Find the 20th percentile of the gamma distribution with = 2 and = 10.6.2... 2. upper = 2) 34 . lower = 0.4).1..3)) > sample(urn. 10. Simulate 25 flips of a fair coin where the results are “heads” and “tails” (hint: use the sample() function). 3.02)) [1] 1 1 2 1 4 1 3 1 2 1 # not a fair die!! > urn <.000. Find P(T > 2) for T ~ t8. 7.05. 4.03..c(rep("red". replace = F) # draw 6 balls from this urn [1] "yellow" "red" "blue" "yellow" "red" "red" 6. 10.rep("yellow". 1) [1] 34 > sample(1:6. Plot the Poisson mass function with = 4 over the range x = 0.000. 5 Compare your answer with: integrate(f = function(x) exp(x^3). 5. 6.5 Exercises 1. c(. approximate the integral exp( x 0 2 3 )dx with n = 1. Using Monte Carlo integration5. Plot the empirical cdf Fn(x) for this sample and overlay the true CDF F(x).rep("blue".
7. Statistical Methods
R includes a host of statistical methods and tests of hypotheses. We will focus on the most common ones in this Chapter.
7.1 One and Twosample ttests
The main function that performs these sorts of tests is t.test(). It yields hypothesis tests and confidence intervals that are based on the tdistribution. Its syntax is:
Usage: t.test(x, y = NULL, alternative = c("two.sided", "less", "greater"), mu = 0, paired = FALSE, var.equal = FALSE, conf.level = 0.95) Arguments: x, y: numeric vectors of data values. sample test is performed. If y is not given, a one
alternative: a character string specifying the alternative hypothesis, must be one of `"two.sided"' (default), `"greater"' or `"less"'. You can specify just the initial letter. mu: a number indicating the true value of the mean (or difference in means if you are performing a two sample test). Default is 0. paired: a logical indicating if you want the paired ttest (default is the independent samples test if both x and y are given). var.equal: (for the independent samples test) a logical variable indicating whether to treat the two variances as being equal. If `TRUE', then the pooled variance is used to estimate the variance. If ‘FALSE’ (default), then the Welsh suggestion for degrees of freedom is used. conf.level: confidence level (default is 95%) of the interval estimate for the mean appropriate to the specified alternative hypothesis.
Note that from the above, t.test() not only performs the hypothesis test but also calculates a confidence interval. However, if the alternative is either a “greater than” or “less than” hypothesis, a lower (in case of a greater than alternative) or upper (less than) confidence bound is given. Example 1: Using the trees dataset, test the hypothesis that the mean black cherry tree height is 70 ft. versus a twosided alternative:
> data(trees) > t.test(trees$Height, mu = 70)
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Thus, the null hypothesis would be rejected. Example 2: the recovery time (in days) is measured for 10 patients taking a new drug and for 10 different patients taking a placebo6. We wish to test the hypothesis that the mean recovery time for patients taking the drug is less than fort those taking a placebo (under an assumption of normality and equal population variances). The data are: With drug: Placebo: 15, 10, 13, 7, 9, 8, 21, 9, 14, 8 15, 14, 12, 8, 14, 7, 16, 10, 15, 12
For our test, we will assume that the two population means are equal. In R, the analysis of a two–sample t–test would be performed by:
> drug < c(15, 10, 13, 7, 9, 8, 21, 9, 14, 8) > plac < c(15, 14, 12, 8, 14, 7, 16, 10, 15, 12) > t.test(drug, plac, alternative = "less", var.equal = T) Two Sample ttest data: drug and plac t = 0.5331, df = 18, pvalue = 0.3002 alternative hypothesis: true difference in means is less than 0 95 percent confidence interval: Inf 2.027436 sample estimates: mean of x mean of y 11.4 12.3
With a p–value of .3002, we would not reject the claim that the two mean recovery times are equal. Example 3: an experiment was performed to determine if a new gasoline additive can increase the gas mileage of cars. In the experiment, six cars are selected and driven with and without the additive. The gas mileages (in miles per gallon, mpg) are given below. Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 mpg w/ additive 24.6 18.9 27.3 25.2 22.0 30.9 mpg w/o additive 23.8 17.7 26.6 25.1 21.6 29.6
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Since this is a paired design, we can test the claim using the paired t–test (under an assumption of normality for mpg measurements). This is performed by:
> add < c(24.6, 18.9, 27.3, 25.2, 22.0, 30.9) > noadd < c(23.8, 17.7, 26.6, 25.1, 21.6, 29.6) > t.test(add, noadd, paired=T, alt = "greater") Paired ttest data: add and noadd t = 3.9994, df = 5, pvalue = 0.005165 alternative hypothesis: true difference in means is greater than 0 95 percent confidence interval: 0.3721225 Inf sample estimates: mean of the differences 0.75
With a p–value of .005165, we can conclude that the mpg improves with the additive.
7.2 Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
The simplest way to fit an ANOVA model is to call to the aov() function, and the type of ANOVA model is specified by a formula statement. Some examples:
> > > > aov(x aov(x aov(x aov(x ~ ~ ~ ~ a) a + b) a + b + a:b) a*b) # # # # oneway twoway twoway exactly ANOVA model ANOVA with no interaction ANOVA with interaction the same as the above
In the above statements, the x variable is continuous and contains all of the responses in the ANOVA experiment. The variables a and b represent factor variables – they contain the levels of the experimental factors. The levels of a factor in R can be either numerical (e.g. 1, 2, 3,…) or categorical (e.g. low, medium, high, …), but the variables must be stored as factor variables. We will see how this is done next.
7.2.1 Factor Variables As an example for the ANOVA experiment, consider the following example on the strength of three different rubber compounds; four specimens of each type were tested for their tensile strength (measured in pounds per square inch):
Type A B C Strength 3225, 3320, 3220, 3410, 3545, 3600, (lb/in2) 3165, 3145 3320, 3370 3580, 3485
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3145. type > tapply(Str. rep("B".75 3330. use the factor() command: > Type <. lab = LETTERS[1:3]) 38 . the Type variable specifies the rubber type and the Str variable is the tensile strength.3600.3320. col = "gray") 7 These accomplish the same thing: > Type <. To do this.3220.gl(3. rep("C". 4.50 The function tapply() creates a table of the resulting values of a function applied to subgroups defined by the second (factor) argument.3165.3545. R thinks of Type as a character variable.3410. each = 4) > Type <.Type.4).mean) A B C 3213.var) A B C 6172.4)) Thus.00 3552. To calculate the sample means of the subgroups.c(3225.3370. Currently.c(rep("A".factor(rep(LETTERS[1:3]. we want to let R know that these letters actually represent factor levels in an experiment. To calculate the variances: > tapply(Str.333 2541.3485) > Type <.Type. xlab="Strength". you can type: > levels(Type) [1] "A" "B" "C" With the data in this format.3320. we can easily perform calculations on the subgroups contained in the variable Str.In R: > Str <.4).3580. horizontal = T. To access the levels in a factor variable directly.667 We can also get multiple boxplots by specifying the relationship in the boxplot() function: > boxplot(Str ~ Type.917 6733. a Levels list is given.factor(Type) # consider these alternative expressions7 > Type [1] A A A A B B B B C C C C Levels: A B C > Note that after the values in Type are printed.
codes: 0 '***' 0. here. 8 Specific percentage points for this distribution can be found using qtukey().2 The ANOVA Table In order to fit the ANOVA model.0002893 *** Residuals 9 46344 5149 Signif.016 0. To extract the ANOVA table. we give the code to conduct Tukey’s Honest Significant Difference method (or sometimes referred to as “Tukey’s W Procedure”) that uses the Studentized range distribution8.1 ' ' 1 > With a pvalue of 0.' 0.2.aov(Str ~ Type) The object anova. a multiple comparison procedure can be used to determine which means are different.2.A B C 3200 3300 3400 Strength 3500 3600 7.fit <.05 '. There are several procedures for doing this. we specify the single factor model in the aov() function.001 '**' 0.01 '*' 0. 39 .fit) Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F) Type 2 237029 118515 23.fit is a linear model object. we can confidently reject the null hypothesis that all three rubber types have the same mean strength.3 Multiple Comparisons After an ANOVA analysis has determined a significant difference in means. 7. > anova. use the R function summary(): > summary(anova.0002893.
With data loaded in.fit) # the default is 95% CIs for differences Tukey multiple comparisons of means 95% familywise confidence level Fit: aov(formula = Str ~ Type) $Type diff lwr upr p adj BA 116. types “B” and “A” do not appear to have significantly different mean strengths since the confidence interval for their mean difference contains zero.1693 0.3 Linear Regression Fitting a linear regression model in R is very similar to the ANOVA model material.83074 364.1085202 CA 338. This can be used to fit simple linear (single predictor).75 197.0044914 > The above output gives 95% confidence intervals for the pairwise differences of mean strengths for the three types of rubber. 40 .9193 0. A graphic can be used to support the analysis: > plot(TukeyHSD(anova. we use the lm() function9. Examples of these are: 9 A nonlinear regression model can be fitted by using nls().50 80. So.41926 257. and polynomial regression models.0002399 CB 222. multiple linear.4193 0. and this is intuitive since they are both linear models. you only need to specify the linear model desired.> TukeyHSD(anova.fit)) 95% familywise confidence level BA CB CA 0 100 200 300 400 500 Differences in mean levels of Type 7. To fit the linear regression (“leastsquares”) model to data.25 25.08074 480.
To compute the leastsquares (assuming that the dataset cars is loaded and in the workspace). for example. from the fit object. we can extract. To get the least squares estimates of the slope and intercept. the residuals by assessing the variable fit$residuals (this is useful for a residual plot which will be seen shortly).579 speed 3.> > > > > > lm(y lm(y lm(y lm(y lm(y lm(y ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ x) x1 + x2) x1 + x2 + x3) x – 1) x + I(x^2)) x + I(x^2) + I(x^3)) # # # # simple linear regression (SLR) model a regression plane linear model with three regressors SLR w/ an intercept of zero # quadratic regression model # cubic model In the first example. the model is specified by the formula y ~ x which implies the linear relationship between y (dependent/response variable) and x (independent/predictor variable).lm(dist ~ speed) The object fit is a linear model object. The data give the speed (speed) of cars and the distances (dist) taken to come to a complete stop.residual" "model" So. The vectors x1.values" "assign" [9] "xlevels" "call" $class [1] "lm" "effects" "qr" "terms" "rank" "df. and x3 denote possible independent variables used in a multiple linear regression model. type > fit Call: lm(formula = dist ~ speed) Coefficients: (Intercept) 17. x2. Here. For the polynomial regression model examples. the function I() is used to tell R to treat the variable “as is” (and not to actually compute the quantity). type: > fit <.932 41 . To see what it contains. type: > attributes(fit) $names [1] "coefficients" "residuals" [5] "fitted. The lm() function creates another linear model object from which a wealth of information can be extracted. Example: consider the cars dataset. we will fit a linear regression model using speed as the independent variable and dist as the dependent variable (these variables should be plotted first to check for evidence of a linear relation).
990340 speed 3.6438 Fstatistic: 89.490e12 In the output above.579.9324 0.' 0.05 '. A call to anova(fit) will print the ANOVA table for the regression model: > anova(fit) Analysis of Variance Table Response: dist Df Sum Sq Mean Sq F value Pr(>F) speed 1 21185.932.932) 42 .57 on 1 and 48 DF. the fitted regression model has an intercept of –17. the default confidence level is 95%: > confint(fit) # the default is a 95% confidence level 2.5 21185.' 0.So.5 Signif.201 Coefficients: Estimate Std.38 on 48 degrees of freedom Multiple RSquared: 0. dist) > abline(fit) # first plot the data # could also type abline(17.5 % (Intercept) 31.272 3Q 9. 3.5791 6. In addition.579 and a slope of 3.5 236.096964 4.49e12 *** Signif.6511.601 0.069 9.215 Max 43.4155 9.1 ' ' 1 Confidence intervals for the slope and intercept parameters are a snap with the function confint().0123 * speed 3. standard errors of the least squares estimates and tests of hypotheses on model parameters.490e12 *** Residuals 48 11353. codes: 0 '***' 0.1 ' ' 1 Residual standard error: 15. More information about the fitted regression can be obtained by using the summary() function: > summary(fit) Call: lm(formula = dist ~ speed) Residuals: Min 1Q 29.001 '**' 0. the standard deviation of the error term in the linear model. we get (among other things) residual statistics.5 % 97.767853 We can add the fitted regression line to a scatterplot: > plot(speed. codes: 0 '***' 0.05 '.01 '*' 0.167850 3.464 1. Adjusted Rsquared: 0.7584 2. pvalue: 1.567 1.01 '*' 0. Error t value Pr(>t) (Intercept) 17. the value for Residual standard error is the estimate for σ.525 Median 2.001 '**' 0.5 89.
This function accepts the linear model object as an argument along with several other optional arguments. confidence and prediction intervals for specified levels of the independent variable(s) can be calculated by using the predict.lm() function. to calculate (default) 95% confidence and prediction intervals for “distance” for cars traveling at speeds of 15 and 23 miles per hour: 43 .dist 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 5 10 15 speed 20 25 and a residual plot: > plot(speed. As an example. fit$residuals) > abline(h=0) # add a horizontal reference line at 0 fit$residuals 20 0 20 40 5 10 15 speed 20 25 Lastly.
40704 37. you’ll need to use the table() command to tabulate the counts).int="predict") fit lwr upr 1 41.40704 10. table.79292 2 68.test for more information): chisq.64735 If values for newdata are not specified in the function call. These include the goodnessoffit tests and those for contingency tables. We will see how to use this function in the next two subsections.frame(speed=c(15.22)).4 Chisquare Tests Hypothesis test for count data that use the Pearson Chisquare statistic are available in R.22)).lm(fit. p: a vector of probabilities of the same length of 'x'. y: a vector. 7.02115 45. The vector p contains the probabilities associated with the individual cells.4. newdata=data. In the default. all of the levels of the independent variable are used for the calculation of the confidence/prediction intervals. or matrix. the vector x above contains the tabular counts (if your data vector contains the raw observations that haven’t been summarized.89630 75.test(x. ignored if 'x' is a matrix. correct = TRUE.17482 72.newdata=data.lm(fit.63925 2 68. 7.1 Goodness of Fit In order to perform the Chisquare goodness of fit test to test the appropriateness of a particular probability model. Example: A die was cast 300 times and the following was observed: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Die face Frequency 43 49 56 45 66 41 44 .97149 > predict. Each of these are performed by using the chisq. The basic syntax for this function is (see ?chisq.93390 37.> predict. the value of p assumes that all of the cell probabilities are equal. correct: a logical indicating whether to apply continuity correction when computing the test statistic.length(x))) Arguments: x: a vector. p = rep(1/length(x).int="conf") fit lwr upr 1 41. y = NULL.test() function.frame(speed=c(15.93390 61.22044 100.
45. 56. 7.2] [1.1] [."Female")) > color. 41) > probs <.4. df = 5. p = probs) Chisquared test for given probabilities data: counts Xsquared = 8. but it does make the color.blind [.96.] 38 6 > In a contingency table. To test if there is a relationship between gender and colorblind incidence. the degrees of freedom."cb").2 Contingency Tables The easiest way to analyze a tabulated contingency table in R is to enter it as a matrix (again.rep(1/6.blind object look more like a table. byrow=T) > color. 6). the row names and column names are meaningful. we obtain the values of the chisquare statistic: 45 . Example: A random sample of 1000 adults was classified according to sex and whether or not they were colorblind as summarized below: Male Female 442 514 38 6 Normal Colorblind > color. 38. we can use the goodnessoffit statistic using 1/6 for each cell probability value: > counts <. you can tabulate them using the table() function). 6) > chisq. if you have the raw counts. so we can change these from the defaults: > dimnames(color. nrow=2.blind <.c("Male".list(c("normal". 49.matrix(c(442. pvalue = 0.c(43.test(counts. 514.] 442 514 [2. and the pvalue.1107 > Note that the output gives the value of the test statistic. 66.To test that the die is fair.blind Male Female normal 442 514 cb 38 6 This was really not necessary.blind) <.
cor. correct=F) > attributes(out) $names [1] "statistic" "parameter" "p.12 cb 21. Below is a list and description of other common tests (see their corresponding help file for more information): prop.12 22.blind Xsquared = 27.> chisq.88 497. 46 . correct=F) Pearson's Chisquared test # no correction for this one data: color. the chisq. but most are used in a similar fashion to those discussed in this chapter.894e07 As with the ANOVA and linear model functions. df = 1.5 Other Tests There are many. An exact test for the binomial parameter p is given by the function binom.value" "method" [6] "observed" "expected" "residuals" $class [1] "htest" "data. pvalue = 1. as an example we can extract the expected counts for the contingency table: > out$expected Male Female normal 458.name" So.test(color.1387.test() function actually creates an output object so that other information can be extracted if desired: > out <.blind.blind. Can perform both parametric and nonparametric tests.test(color.test() var.test() Performs an F test to compare the variances of two independent samples from normal populations.chisq.88 # these are the expected counts 7.test() Test for significance of the computed sample correlation value for two vectors. many more statistical procedures included in R.test() Large sample test for a single proportion or to compare two or more proportions that uses a chisquare test statistic.
test() kruskal.test() Test to determine if a sample comes from a specified distribution.test() One and twosample (paired and independent samples) nonparametric Wilcoxon tests. using a similar format to t. ks.test() Performs the KruskalWallis rank sum test (similar to lm() for the ANVOA model). shapiro.test() The nonparametric Friedman rank sum test for unreplicated blocked data. 47 . or test to determine if two samples have the same distribution. friedman. wilcox.test() The ShapiroWilk test of normality for a single sample.
8. x2. and y2.1 Scripts If you have a long series of commands that you would like to save for future use.cor(y1. optimization) and to write scripts and functions in order to facilitate many steps in a procedure.y2) # Simulate 500 standard normals # "" # "" If we save the file as corsim. 8.5085203 > Note that not only was the object r was created.2 Control Flow R includes the usual controlflow statements (like conditional execution and looping) found in most programming languages. and these can be expressed using logical operators: 48 . 8.x2 + x3 r <.rnorm(500) x3 <.R on the C: drive. x3. y1.x1 + x2 y2 <. but so was x1.R") > r [1] 0. we could type the following statements in a text editor (you don’t precede a line with a “>” in the editor): x1 <. Advanced Topics In this final chapter we will introduce and summarize some advanced features of R – namely. For example. the ability to perform numerical methods (e. you can save all of the lines of code in a file and execute them together using the source() function. we execute the script by typing > source("C:/corsim.rnorm(500) y1 <. These include (the syntax can be found in the help file accessed by ?Control): if if else for while repeat break next Many of these statements require the evaluation of a logical statement.rnorm(500) x2 <.g.
0 # initialize values > while(eps > . Since the function uses MC estimation.4*s/n + eps = abs(pihat .001 of the true value.s + 1 + pihat <. the expressions are contained by {}. and (–1.runif(1. and if so the text contained in the quotes is printed on the screen: > x <. (–1.72 percentile") The code below creates vectors x and z and defines 100 entries according to assignments contained within the curly brackets.runif(1.rnorm(1) > if(x > 2) print("This value is more than the 97. <= >. (1. s/n is the MC estimate of the probability and 4*s/n is the MC estimate of . 1). Since more than one expression is evaluated in the for loop.n + 1 + x <. –1). then the probability that the coordinate lies within the circle with radius 1 centered at the origin (0. >= &  Meaning Equal to Not equal to Less than. > n <. rate = .001) { + n <. –1).1.141343 > n [1] 1132 # this is our estimate # this is how many steps it took 49 . 1). s <.5)) + z[i] <. The code stops when we are within . less than or equal to Greater than.Operator == != <. n is the number of coordinates generated and s counts the number of observations contained in the unit circle.1) + if(x^2 + y^2 < 1) s <. In the code below.mean(rexp(n.0. The first example checks if the number x is greater than 2. > eps <.pi) + } > > pihat [1] 3.1. The basis of it is as follows: if we generate a coordinate randomly over a square with vertices (1. greater than or equal to Logical AND Logical OR Some examples of these are given below.50 > for(i in 1:100) { + x[i] <.1. Thus. the result will be different each time the code executes. n <.1) + y <.(x[i] – 2)/sqrt(2/n) + } > This last bit of code considers a Monte Carlo (MC) estimate of .0) is /4.
) { R code } In the above. The function is. if(is.b))) { if(a < b) return(b) if(a > b) return(a) else print("The values are equal") # could also use cat() } else print("Character inputs not allowed.141593 > f1(0. Here is a simple example of a userwritten function. Observe how the function works: before the values a and b are compared. it is saved in your workspace as a function object.") } The function f1 takes two values and returns one of several possible things. the user gets the warning message. b) { # This function returns the maximum of two scalars or the # statement that they are equal..3 Writing Functions Probably one of the most powerful aspects of the R language is the ability of a user to write functions. If this conditional is satisfied. We made the function a little more readable by adding some comments and spacing to single out the first if statement: > + + + + + + + + + > f1 <. arg2."Christopher") [1] "Character inputs not allowed. 50 . When you write a function.. and FALSE otherwise.8. it is first determined if they are both numeric.function(a.. Otherwise.exp(1)) [1] 3. functions allow for input values used during a computation that can be changed when the function is executed. are function arguments.function(arg1.exp(log(0))) [1] "The values are equal" > f1("Stephen". the values are compared.7) [1] 7 > f1(pi." The function object f1 will remain in your workspace until you remove it. As with any R function.numeric() returns TRUE the argument is either real or integer. . many computations can be incorporated into a single function and (unlike with scripts) intermediate variables used during the computation are local to the function and are not saved to the workspace. In addition.numeric(c(a. To use the function: > f1(4.. When doing so. The general format for creating a function is fname <. fname is any allowable object name and arg1. they can be assigned default values. . arg2.
r is the nominal interest rate (assumed convertible monthly). 10 This is from The New S Language. Below is the formula for calculating the monthly mortgage payment for a home loan: P A r/1200 . but we have given them default values. Error: couldn't find function "mortage" > mortgage(y = 15) [1] 843.function(A = 100000. you can use the fix() or edit() commands described in Section 3.. Chapman and Hall. 1 (1 r/1200) 12y where A is the loan amount. 1988.5) # use default 30 year loan value [1] 1135. r = 6. if we don’t give the function any arguments.A*r/1200/(1(1+r/1200)^(12*y)) return(round(P. The round() function is used to make the result look like money and give the calculation only two decimal points: > mortgage() [1] 599. zero) of a function over a specified interval.55 > mortgage(200000.000 loan at 6% interest for 30 years.58 > mortage(y = 15) # D’oh! Bad spelling. a computer program is usually written to execute some optimization method. Two important examples are: optimize() Returns the value that minimizes (or maximizes) a function over a specified interval. y = 30) P <.5. it will calculate the monthly payment for a $100.3. The value of P represents the monthly payment.To make changes to your function. Thus. uniroot() Returns the root (i. digits = 2)) } { This function takes three inputs.e.4 Numerical Methods It is often the plight of the statistician to encounter a model that requires an iterative technique to estimate unknown parameters using observed data. Below is an R function that computes the monthly payment based on these inputs: > + + + mortgage <.86 8. But. For likelihoodbased approaches. R includes functions for doing just that. Here is another example10.. 51 . by Becker/Chambers/Wilks. London. and y is the number of years for the loan.
θ > 0.0: > data <. shape=4.3590739 0. given the data x1. To do this.rweibull(20.3630116 1.8711759 1. enter: > optimize(l. Clearly.9866513 0.834197 value of the function at the maximum 52 .2094519 0.4826331 1.20). The help file for each of these functions provides the details on additional arguments.0755436 1. scale=1) > data [1] 0.9417053 0.3818235 0. As an example. data will be simulated from this Weibull distribution with θ = 4. we could find the root of l′(θ). max = T) $maximum [1] 3. …. x = data. xn.function(theta. etc.6184907 0. x > 0. The pdf for this model is given by f (x) = x 1 exp( x ) .6151766 0.1728524 0.These are both for onedimensional searches.9310806 Next.0318024 1.3) and the search is performed with respect to the function’s first argument. n ˆ To find . Equivalently. the two functions introduced in this section can do the job. suppose that a random sample of size n is to be observed from the Weibull distribution with unknown shape parameter θ and a scale parameter of 1. interval=c(0. To see these at work.6121007 1. is defined as the value that maximizes this function.7547847 1. The interval to be searched must be specified as well. the maximum likelihood estimate for θ. x2. Using standard likelihood methods.1391467 [8] 0. x) { return(length(x)*log(theta) + (theta1)*sum(log(x)) .1178163 0.874208 value that achieves the maximum $objective [1] 1. we will define the loglikelihood function: > + + + l <. To use either of these. we require the value of θ that maximizes l(θ).8062276 [15] 1.8244651 1. the log likelihood function is given by l(θ) = n log() ( 1)i 1 log( x i ) i 1 x i n n and it has a first derivative equal to l′(θ) = n n i 1 log( x i ) i 1 x i log( x i ) .sum(x^theta)) } ˆ Thus. you create the function (as described in Section 8.
=2 draws m = 250 random samples (each of size 20) w/ replacement from the above sample calculates the mean of each of these samples outputs a histogram of the 250 sample means 2. 53 . The interval (0. which is pretty close to the “true” value 4. but define a function dl for l′(θ) and use uniroot() to find the maximum likelihood estimate using the same simulated data. = 3. and can be chosen differently each time the function executes. Of course. this same maximum value could also be found by using the function l′(θ) and uniroot(). 8.4.5 Exercises 1. 3.0.ˆ So. 20) in the above function call can be considered a “guessed range” for the parameter. Repeat the example in Section 8. m.874208. Rewrite the above function so that the values of n. Write a function that: simulates n = 20 observations from the normal distribution w/ = 10. .
x 0 .. shape2 = b f ( x) (a b) a 1 x (1 x) b 1 .. 1. min x max max min 54 . . . prob = p x n 1 n p (1 p ) x .. x 0 .Appendix: Wellknown probability density/mass functions in R Discrete distributions p(x) denotes the probability mass function Binomial: let size = n and prob = p n p ( x) p x (1 p ) n x . 0 x 1 (a )(b) Continuous uniform f ( x) 1 .. 1. x! Continuous distributions f (x) denotes the probability density function Beta: let shape1 = a.. 2. n x Geometric: let prob = p p( x) p(1 p) x .. x 0. . k = # of balls sampled m n x k x . p ( x) n 1 Poisson: let lambda = λ λ x λ p ( x) e . x = # of white balls drawn p ( x) m n k Negative binomial: let size = n... 2. 2. 1. 1. x 0 . . Hypergeometric: let m = # of white balls.. n = # of black balls. 2.
x 2σ 2 σ 2π 1 Weibull: let shape = a. x 0 b 55 . sd = σ f ( x) ( x μ) 2 exp . scale = b a x f ( x) bb a 1 x a exp . scale = s f ( x) 1 x a 1 exp( x / s). x 0 Gamma: let shape = a. x 0 a (a ) s Normal: let mean = μ. Exponential: let rate = λ f ( x) λ exp(λx).
p. London.. P. Scott. p. 57. Statist. Robert. D. ver. 65 – 66.References Becker. Wahr. (1999). “The choice of a classinterval. R. (1981). (1979). H. 56 . 605 – 610. J. SpringerVerlag. Chambers. p. “On optimal and databased histograms. D. New York. Amer. G.” J. Assoc. and Diaconis.” Biometrika 66. “On this histogram as a density estimator: L2 theory. The New S Language. Sturges. (1926). Monte Carlo Statistical Methods. 21.W. Freedman. Chapman and Hall.” Zeit. 453 – 476. Geb. and Casella.. A. and Wilks. (1988). C.
10 exp(). 6 nls().test(). 21 lm(). 24 boxplot(). 6 ts. 16 %*%. 2. 28 plot(). 9 ecdf(). 18 read. 25 I(). 29 det().test(). 30 kruskal. 2 qchisq(). 8 FALSE or F. 14 for(). 28 qqplot(). 23 min(). 17 dim().test(). 21 runif(). 20. 42 Control. 21 predict.table(). 42 aov(). 9 summary(). 28 TukeyHSD(). 51 pairs(). 14 eigen(). 5 arrows(). 23 NA. 28 par(). 17 segments(). 51 integrate(). 12 $. 48 stem(). 49 wilcox. 50 rexp(). 3 round(). 13 sd(). 9 source(). 29 qtukey(). 29. 46 while(). 41 if(). 47. 18 rep(). 23 mean(). 50 gamma().test(). 10 sort(). 20. 6 file.frame(). 27. 10 abline(). 29 persp(). 28 pi.test(). 9 data(). 29 qnorm(). 28 qqnorm(). 11 t. 10 dimnames(). 19 read.test(). 49 prod(). 23 curve().choose(). 39 quantile(). 10 detach(). 35 table(). 19 pnorm(). 18 fivenum(). 44 confint(). 47 ks. 23 quartz(). 23 median(). 9 lines(). 15 data. 8 pie(). 48 friedman.test().matrix(). 24 text(). 46 cov(). 8 factorial(). 8 t(). 23. 12 cat(). 41 log(). 21 seq(). 14 dbinom(). 21. 42 abs(). 50. 48 cor(). 43 print(). 39 sqrt(). 46 q(). 51 var().plot(). 33 rm().csv() . 4 hist(). 13 return().lm(). 9 prop.test(). 23 var. 29 points(). 16 attributes(). 47 x11(). 41 barplot(). 6 max(). 28 qt(). 32 choose(). 48. 21 pbinom().Index :. 45 diff(). 50 chisq. 28 edit().test(). 21 title(). 23 search(). 14. 47 solve(). 47 length(). 29 qqline(). 8 gl(). 33 scan(). 4 ls(). 21 as. 29 sample(). 48. 23 cor. 27 sum(). 8 anova().test(). 38 help(). 47 function(). 3 matrix(). 21 TRUE or T. 39 apropos(). 38 c(). 40 optimize(). 17. 40 uniroot(). 10 attach(). 19 57 . 12 shapiro. 23 fix(). 51 rug(). 8 cumsum().
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