R Error in aggregate.data.frame() : arguments must have same length (Example)

 

On this page, I’ll demonstrate how to handle the “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length” in the R programming language.

The table of content looks as follows:

Let’s dive into it.

 

Creation of Example Data

Before all else, we’ll need to create some data that we can use in the exemplifying syntax below:

data <- data.frame(x = 1:6,                             # Create example data
                   group = letters[1:3])
data                                                    # Print example data

 

table 1 data frame r error aggregate data frame arguments must have same length

 

Table 1 shows the structure of our example data – It is constituted of six rows and two columns. The variable x contains numeric values and the variable group is a grouping indicator separating our data into different subsets.

 

Example 1: Reproduce the Error in aggregate.data.frame – arguments must have same length

The following R programming code shows how to replicate the “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length” in the R programming language.

Let’s assume that we want to calculate the mean by group for the column x. Then, we might try to use the aggregate function as shown below:

data_aggr <- aggregate(data$x, list("group"), mean)     # Try to apply aggregate
# Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), ...) : 
#   arguments must have same length

Unfortunately, the execution of the previous R code lead to the message “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length”.

The reason for this error message is that we have not specified the grouping column properly within the aggregate function.

In the next example, I’ll explain how to fix this error!

 

Example 2: Fix the Error in aggregate.data.frame – arguments must have same length

In this example, I’ll show how to avoid the error message “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length”.

For this, we have to specify the data set containing the column “group” explicitly (i.e. data$group instead of “group”).

Have a look at the following R code and its output:

data_aggr <- aggregate(data$x, list(data$group), mean)  # Properly apply aggregate
data_aggr                                               # Print output

 

table 2 data frame r error aggregate data frame arguments must have same length

 

The output of the previous R syntax is shown in Table 2 – We have created a data frame containing the mean values of each group in our data.

The “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length” did not appear this time!

 

Video & Further Resources

Would you like to learn more about the handling of the “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length”? Then I recommend having a look at the following video on my YouTube channel. I show the topics of this tutorial in the video:

 

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In this R programming tutorial you have learned how to deal with the “Error in aggregate.data.frame(as.data.frame(x), …) : arguments must have same length”. Please let me know in the comments section, in case you have any additional questions.

 

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