Question: Need help with statistics: Quartiles and Median
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4.6 years ago by
thefirstrealace30 wrote:

Hello everybody,

i need some help with statistical anylsis of biological properties. Assume, that for some biological properties A, B, C and D, we have their occurence given as m/n-ratios. We have these data for three example species S1 to S3 in a table like shown below (My real data set contains 14 properties for over 100 species):

  A B C D
S1 0.7 0.3 0.25 NA
S2 NA 0.4 0.1 0.6
S3 0.3 NA NA 0.3

As seen above, in some cases no data is available (denoted as NA), so my question now is how to define the quartiles Q1 and Q3 and the Median Q2 for a certain property? Can somebody explain to me how to handle this for property A? Unfortunately i never encountered this case with non-available data.


Best regards

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 4.6 years ago by RamRS30k • written 4.6 years ago by thefirstrealace30
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4.6 years ago by
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
RamRS30k wrote:

When you calculate statistics, just use the option (that's in R - there should be equivalent options in other tools). These data points are to be excluded in your analysis anyway.

ADD COMMENTlink modified 8 months ago • written 4.6 years ago by RamRS30k

I actually use R, but im still new to it. If is understand correctly, filters out the NA and only uses the remaining data points for the calculation of quartiles and median?

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by thefirstrealace30

Yes, that is correct. The option is available in a lot of functions and is quite useful.

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by RamRS30k

Thank you very much, that was very helpful

ADD REPLYlink written 4.6 years ago by thefirstrealace30
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