[R] Sum efficiently from large matrix according to re-occuring levels of factor?

Ralph S. ruffel1 at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 21 01:16:08 CEST 2008


I am trying to calculate the sum for each occurrence of the level of a factor in a very large matrix. In addition, I want to save that sum together with the information of the level of the factor and the level of a second factor.

My matrix looks like this:


I want to sum according to the levels in the first column and save the sum with the information of the level in the first and the second column in a new matrix.

That is, I want output in the matrix of form:

1 7 3
2 4 2
3 2 3
1 7 10

The important thing is, that a factor level such as "1" in the example can re-occur many times. There are no regularities on the number of re-occurences etc.

How could I do this efficiently (the matrix is large:>10^6 rows)?

Many thanks!!

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