[R] Help with POSIX

Ben Tupper ben.bighair at gmail.com
Tue Mar 31 03:37:40 CEST 2015


On Mar 30, 2015, at 9:15 PM, Doran, Harold <HDoran at air.org> wrote:

> I�m struggling a bit with learning about POSIX objects to do some basic things with objects of this class. Suppose I have the following simple example
> times <- c("03:20", "29:56", "03:30", "21:03", "56:26")
> aa <- strptime(times, "%M:%S�)
> I can do means, and some other basic things, but I cannot correlate the objects with some other variable
> cor(aa, rnorm(5))

You can cast your POSIXlt values to numeric

cor(as.numeric(aa), rnorm(5))

> Also, for purposes of a user-interface I have built with shiny, I need for the time to be viewed as simply as minutes:seconds, such as this
> format(aa, '%M:%S�)
> But of course after doing this I lose the ability to work with this object as a time variable.

You may need to keep a copy of your times in a POSIX or numeric format in addition to converting to character.  It's hard to tell without more information.


> Thank you
> Harold
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