Semyon Tamara - 7 months ago 25

R Question

I want to get the sum of values for a variable in each data frame in a list. I have something similar to this:

`l <- list(a = mtcars, b = mtcars, c = mtcars)`

v <- sapply(l, function(x)sum(l$x$disp))

I expect to get a named vector containing sums. Instead I get only zeros. My guess would be that only name of the data frame is passed to the function.

I tried other functions and lapply but every time I get a list/vector with Nulls or zeros. It is possible to use for statement for this task, but in my case I have list containing lists of data frames and nested loops in R seem not to be a good choice.

Do you have any ideas what I am missing?

Thanks in advance.

Answer

I think you need,

```
sapply(l, function(x) sum(x["disp"]))
# a b c
#7383.1 7383.1 7383.1
```

Or if you need the complete sum of `disp`

variable across all the list, you can wrap it completely in `sum`

```
sum(sapply(l, function(x) sum(x["disp"])))
#[1] 22149.3
```