Ignore missing data in a table group

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I have a table with some missing data. I am using findgroups and splitapply to do some calculations on columns of the table, but when a group has a missing value the calculation returns missing.
I would like to ignore the missing value in these calculations but without removing the enitre row- other colums have valid data.
>> T = readtable('messy.csv','TreatAsEmpty',{'.','NA'})
T =
21×5 table
A B C D E
________ ____ __________ ____ ____
{'afe1'} 3 {'yes' } 3 3
{'egh3'} NaN {'no' } 7 7
{'wth4'} 3 {'yes' } 3 3
{'atn2'} 23 {'no' } 23 23
{'arg1'} 5 {'yes' } 5 5
{'jre3'} 34.6 {'yes' } 34.6 34.6
{'wen9'} 234 {'yes' } 234 234
{'ple2'} 2 {'no' } 2 2
{'dbo8'} 5 {'no' } 5 5
{'oii4'} 5 {'yes' } 5 5
{'wnk3'} 245 {'yes' } 245 245
{'abk6'} 563 {0×0 char} 563 563
{'pnj5'} 463 {'no' } 463 463
{'wnn3'} 6 {'no' } 6 6
{'oks9'} 23 {'yes' } 23 23
{'wba3'} NaN {'yes' } NaN 14
{'pkn4'} 2 {'no' } 2 2
{'adw3'} 22 {'no' } 22 22
{'poj2'} -99 {'yes' } -99 -99
{'bas8'} 23 {'no' } 23 23
{'gry5'} NaN {'yes' } NaN 21
>> [G,gen]=findgroups(T(:,[3])); %find groups based on column C
>> gen
gen =
2×1 table
C
_______
{'no' }
{'yes'}
%% find mean of columns E and D based on Groups in column C ('no' or 'yes')
>> MeanE=splitapply(@mean,T(:,5),G)
MeanE =
61.4444444444444
44.4181818181818
% works
>> MeanD=splitapply(@mean,T(:,4),G)
MeanD =
61.4444444444444
NaN
% Does not work for 'yes' group due to NaN values in column 4
>> MeanD=splitapply(@mean,rmmissing(T(:,4)),G);
%fails because rmmissing(T(:,4)) and G are differnet sizes
I would like to be able to ignore the NaN values in column D when calcualting the mean. I can't seem to make it work with ismissing or rmmissing, and feel like this should be simpler than splitting them manually.
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Marcus Glover
Marcus Glover on 27 Oct 2021
Thank you, omitnan works for me.

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Ive J
Ive J on 27 Oct 2021
As Johan also suggested you may use omitnant flag. Also, consider using groupsummary and groupfilter :
m = groupsummary(T, 'C', @(x)mean(x, 'omitnan'), {'D', 'E'})
C GroupCount fun1_D fun1_E
__________ __________ ______ ______
{0×0 char} 1 563 563
{'no' } 9 61.444 61.444
{'yes' } 11 50.4 44.418
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Marcus Glover
Marcus Glover on 27 Oct 2021
Edited: Marcus Glover on 27 Oct 2021
Thanks! My only reluctance to use groupsummary is that it seems (to me anyway...) that I lose the group indexing so I have to use findgroups anyway to work with the individual group members- ie if I wanted to make a scatterplot of B vs E for only 'no' group members or something.

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