Due: February 23 by 11:59pm

Submit: To submit this assignment, create a zip file of all the files in your R project folder for this assignment. Name the zip file hw6-netID.zip, replacing netID with your netID (e.g., hw6-jph.zip). Use this link to submit your file.

Weight: This assignment is worth 5% of your final grade.

Purpose: The purposes of this assignment are:

Assessment: Each question indicates the % of the assignment grade, summing to 100%. The credit for each question will be assigned as follows:

The reflection portion is always worth 10% and graded for completion.


Using the autograder

1) Staying organized [SOLO, 5%]

Download and use this template for your assignment. Inside the “hw6” folder, open and edit the R script called “hw6.R” and fill out your name, GW Net ID, and the names of anyone you worked with on this assignment.

Writing test functions

For each of the following functions, write a test function first, and then write the function. Your test functions will count for half of the available credit for each problem. Think carefully about the test cases to include in your test functions.

Using good style

For this assignment, you must use good style to receive full credit. Follow the best practices described in this style guide.

2) vectorFactorial(n) [SOLO, 10%]

Write the function vectorFactorial(n) which computes the factorial of n using vectors to avoid using a loop. Hint: there are some useful functions listed on the vectors lesson page for performing operators on a numeric vector.

3) nthHighestValue(n, x) [SOLO, 15%]

Write a function to find the nth highest value in a given vector. For example, if x equals c(5, 1, 3), then nthHighestValue(1, x) should return 5, because 5 is the 1st highest value in x, and nthHighestValue(2, x) should return 3 because it’s the 2nd highest value in x. Assume only numeric inputs, and assume that n <= length(x). You may not use loops.

4) dotProduct(a, b) [COLLABORATIVE, 20%]

Background: the “dot product” of two vectors is the sum of the products of the corresponding terms. So the dot product of the vectors c(1,2,3) and c(4,5,6) is (1*4) + (2*5) + (3*6), or 4 + 10 + 18 = 32. With this in mind, write the function dotProduct(a, b). This function takes two vectors and returns the dot product of those vectors. If the vectors are not equal length, ignore the extra elements in the longer vector. You may not use loops.

5) middleValue(a) [COLLABORATIVE, 20%]

Write the function middleValue(a) that takes a vector of numbers a and returns the value of the middle element (or the average of the two middle elements).

6) rotateVector(a, n) [COLLABORATIVE, 20%]

Write the function rotateVector(a, n) which takes a vector a and an integer n and returns a new vector where each element in a is shifted to the right by n indices. For example, if a is c(1, 2, 3, 4) and n is 1, the result should be c(4, 1, 2, 3), but if n is -1, the result should be c(2, 3, 4, 1). If n is larger than the length of a, the function should continue to rotate the vector beyond its starting point. So, if a = c(1, 2, 3, 4) and n = 5, then the result should be a = c(4, 1, 2, 3).

7) Read and reflect [SOLO, 10%]

Read and reflect on next week’s readings on strings. Afterwards, in a comment (#) in your R file, write a short reflection on what you’ve learned and any questions or points of confusion you have about what we’ve covered thus far. This can just few a few sentences related to this assignment, next week’s readings, things going on in the world that remind you something from class, etc. If there’s anything that jumped out at you, write it down.

EMSE 4571: Intro to Programming for Analytics (Spring 2022)
Thursdays | 12:45 - 3:15 PM EST | Tompkins 208 | Dr. John Paul Helveston | jph@gwu.edu