fzara - 6 months ago 47

R Question

I am trying to compute an additional column in my dataframe that contains some summary data (mean, min, max). Starting from this dataframe

`Group Value`

A 15

A 5

B 4

B 2

C 25

C 15

I would like to calculate means for every group:

`Group Mean`

A 10

B 3

C 20

But i would like to add a column to the original dataframe repeating the value for every row of the same group, like this:

`Group Value Mean`

A 15 10

A 5 10

B 4 3

B 2 3

C 25 20

C 15 20

I managed to obtain this result using

`aggregate`

`merge`

I am sure there is an easier and faster way to do this. Of note, i would like to be able to do this with the base functions (e.g. no dplyr, reshape, etc) if possible. Thank you!

Answer

In `base R`

, this can be easily done with `ave`

```
df$Mean <- with(df, ave(Value, Group))
df
# Group Value Mean
#1 A 15 10
#2 A 5 10
#3 B 4 3
#4 B 2 3
#5 C 25 20
#6 C 15 20
```