Description Usage Arguments Details Methods Examples
Returns the sum of all the estimates present in its arguments, along with proper treatment of standard errors.
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x |
the acs object to be summed |
agg.term |
a character vector (length 1 or 2) of labels to use for the geography or acs.colnames of the new object |
one.zero |
a logical flag indicating whether to include standard errors for only one zero-value estimates or all (the default); see details. |
... |
reserved for other arguments to pass |
na.rm |
whether to remove |
Note: when aggregating ACS data, users may want to sum many fields with "0" values for estimates, especially when working with small geographies or detailed tables that split the population into many categories. In these cases, some analysts have suggested that the traditional summation procedure for standard errors (taking the square-root of the sum of the squares of the errors) may over-inflate the associated margins of error; instead, they recommend an alternative method, which ignores all but the single largest of the standard errors for any "zero-estimate" fields. Although this is somewhat unconventional, it is provided as an additional user-specified option here, through the "one.zero" argument.
signature(object = "acs")
When passed an acs object (possibly involving subsetting), sum
will return a new acs object created by aggregating (adding) all
estimates in the object, and adding the corresponding standard errors in
a statistically appropriate way. (Aggregate standard errors are
computed by taking the square root of the sum of the squared standard
errors of the terms to be aggregated.)
If the original object contains a single row, the geographic metadata and
row name is preserved; if not, the geographic metadata is replaced with
the term "aggregate" (or the contents of the first item of the (vector)
option agg.term
).
If the original object contains a single column, the column names and
acs.units data are preserved; if not, the column names are replaced with
the term "aggregate" or the contents of the second item of the (vector)
option agg.term
; note: if agg.term
is only one item in
length, it will be repeated here if needed.
All other acs-class metadata is preserved, except for the modified
flag, which is set to TRUE.
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