summarise: Summarise a data frame.

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summariseR Documentation

Summarise a data frame.


Summarise works in an analogous way to mutate, except instead of adding columns to an existing data frame, it creates a new data frame. This is particularly useful in conjunction with ddply as it makes it easy to perform group-wise summaries.


summarise(.data, ...)



the data frame to be summarised


further arguments of the form var = value


Be careful when using existing variable names; the corresponding columns will be immediately updated with the new data and this can affect subsequent operations referring to those variables.


# Let's extract the number of teams and total period of time
# covered by the baseball dataframe
 duration = max(year) - min(year),
 nteams = length(unique(team)))
# Combine with ddply to do that for each separate id
ddply(baseball, "id", summarise,
 duration = max(year) - min(year),
 nteams = length(unique(team)))

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