Summarize and explore your data

Generate summary statistics for one or more variables in your data. The most powerful feature in Data > Explore is that you can easily describe the data by one or more other variables. Where the Data > Pivot tab works best for frequency tables and to summarize a single numeric variable, the Data > Explore tab allows you to summarize multiple variables at the same time using various statistics.

For example, if we select price from the diamonds dataset and click the Create table button we can see the number of observations (n), the mean, the variance, etc. However, the mean price for each clarity level of the diamond can also be easily provided by choosing clarity as the Group by variable.

Note that when a categorical variable (factor) is selected from the Numeric variable(s) dropdown menu it will be converted to a numeric variable if required for the selected function. If the factor levels are numeric these will be used in all calculations. Since the mean, standard deviation, etc. are not relevant for non-binary categorical variables, these will be converted to 0-1 (binary) variables where the first level is coded as 1 and all other levels as 0.

The created summary table can be stored in Radiant by clicking the Store button. This can be useful if you want to create plots of the summarized data in Data > Visualize. To download the table to csv format click the download icon on the top-right.

You can select options from Column header dropdown to switch between different column headers. Select either Function (e.g., mean, median, etc), Variable (e.g., price, carat, etc), or the levels of the (first) Group by variable (e.g., Fair-Ideal).


Below you will find a brief description of several functions available from the Apply function(s) dropdown menu. Most functions, however, will be self-explanatory.

Filter data

Use the Filter data box to select (or omit) specific sets of rows from the data. See the helpfile for Data > View for details.

Report > Rmd

Add code to Report > Rmd to (re)create the summary table by clicking the icon on the bottom left of your screen or by pressing ALT-enter on your keyboard.


For an overview of related R-functions used by Radiant to summarize and explore data see Data > Explore

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