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The Lesser-Known Apply Functions In R

Andrew Treadway covers a few of the lesser-known apply functions in R:


Let’s start with rapply. This function has a couple of different purposes. One is to recursively apply a function to a list. We’ll get to that in a moment. The other use of rapply is to a apply a function to only those elements in a list (or columns in a data frame) that belong to a specified class. For example, let’s say we have a data frame with a mix of categorical and numeric variables, but we want to evaluate a function only on the numeric variables.

Click through for some examples of rapply as well as vapply and eapply.  I’ve used rapply to get cardinality of each feature in a data frame but the other two are new to me.  H/T R-bloggers