Jeppe Olsen - 8 months ago 61

R Question

I have two matrices that i want to sum

`mat1<-matrix(1:4,2,2)`

mat2<-matrix(5:8,2,2)

mat1

[,1] [,2]

[1,] 1 3

[2,] 2 4

mat2

[,1] [,2]

[1,] 5 7

[2,] 6 8

what i want is this

`mat_sum`

[,1] [,2]

[1,] 6 10

[2,] 8 12

I tried

`mat_sum <- sapply(seq_along(mat1), function(i)`

mat1[[i]]+mat2[[i]])

but then it doesnt return a matrix

`[1] 6 8 10 12`

How can i get it to return a matrix?

Answer Source

We can do a regular `+`

which will preserve the `matrix`

format and does the elementwise summation

```
mat1 + mat2
# [,1] [,2]
#[1,] 6 10
#[2,] 8 12
```

If there are many matrices, place it in a `list`

and use `Reduce`

with `+`

```
Reduce(`+`, mget(paste0("mat", 1:2)))
```