[R] how do i find the annual maximun within several years?

Doerte Salecker doerte.salecker at uni-rostock.de
Fri Oct 26 20:21:12 CEST 2007

dear kind helper,

i would like to know how to find the annual maximun for a table that
basicly looks like this:

date		time		measurement1	measurement2	measurement3
mm/dd/yyyy	hh:mm:ss	m1		m2		m3

there are about 9000 measurements for each year, which makes it quite
i already tried to subset all rows for a year, to find the maximum
within these choosen rows,

y <- grep(yyyy,table[,1],value=TRUE)
df <-table[with(table, date == y), ]
df[with(df, max(measurement1)), ]

which got result some years, but didn't show all rows within these
years, and for other years it didn't work at all, 

     V1   V2 V3 V4 V5

or/and gave warnings like: 

Warning messages:
1: longer object length
        is not a multiple of shorter object length in: is.na(e1) | is.na(e2)
2: longer object length
        is not a multiple of shorter object length in:
`==.default`(date, y) 

i also tried: 

result <- matrix(nrow=0,ncol=2)
for (y in yyyy:yyyy) {
  Y <- grep(y, table[,1],value=TRUE)
  Max <- max (subset(table, date %in% Y, c(date, measurement1))[,2])
  result2 <- (c(y,Max))
  result <- rbind(result2,result)

that kind of worked, but only gave me the year in the result, but i need
the full date, for the statistical analysis. 
i hope you can help me with this,

thank you in advance,

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