argument is not numerical or logical: returning NA
I hate this message. It has been the bane of me for far too long. From what I understand, this error gets thrown at you when the console tries to compute something that it can’t. In my case, the column for Name is not numeric.
I read that this is a relatively new problem, as R before version 3.0 would just ignore the illogical request. One way to get the right answer was with
lapply(polls.df, mean, na.rm = TRUE)
Neither of these felt like particularly satisfactory ways to produce the mean. Through this process, I came up with some rather weird outputs that are useless. But I’m sure that looking back at these, from the future, will yield a good “What was I thinking?” moment, so I’ll include them.
Getting ggplot working was a tough hike as well. I spent well over an hour trying to get a plot before I realized that, though I had installed the package, the library wasn’t loaded. Once I was able to get a basic plot working, I decided that I wanted to try to overlay both ABC_political_poll_results and NBC_political_poll_results onto one plot to show how the candidates vary between the two. But try as I might, I was not successful, so I have only two separate, basic graphs to show the candidate’s results for each respective poll.
ggplot(polls.df, aes(x = Name, y = _political_poll_results)) + geom_point() + geom_point(data = polls.df, aes(x = Name, y = _political_poll_results))
Unfortunately I wasn’t really able to get anything else constructive done, though I did just realize that summary() worked fine at calculating the means. That confuses me even more on why mean() wasn’t able to muster.