Find Sum, Mean and Product of Vector in R Programming

In this example, you will learn to find sum, mean and product of vector elements using built-in functions.


To understand this example, you should have the knowledge of following R programming topics:

We can sum the elements of a vector using the sum() function.

Similarly, mean() and prod() functions can be used to find the mean and product of the terms.


Example: Vector Elements Arithmetic

> sum(2,7,5)
[1] 14
> x
[1]  2 NA  3  1  4
> sum(x)    # if any element is NA or NaN, result is NA or NaN
[1] NA
> sum(x, na.rm=TRUE)    # this way we can ignore NA and NaN values
[1] 10
> mean(x, na.rm=TRUE)
[1] 2.5
> prod(x, na.rm=TRUE)
[1] 24

Whenever a vector contains NA (Not Available) or NaN (Not a Number), functions such as sum(), mean(), prod() etc. produce NA or NaN respectively.

In order to ignore such values, we pass in the argument na.rm = TRUE.