# R Calculate Correlation Only for Numeric Variables of Data Frame (Example Code)

In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to apply the cor function only to numeric variables.

## Creation of Example Data

```data(iris) # Loading iris data set head(iris) # Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species # 1 5.1 3.5 1.4 0.2 setosa # 2 4.9 3.0 1.4 0.2 setosa # 3 4.7 3.2 1.3 0.2 setosa # 4 4.6 3.1 1.5 0.2 setosa # 5 5.0 3.6 1.4 0.2 setosa # 6 5.4 3.9 1.7 0.4 setosa```

## Example: Using unlist, lapply & is.numeric to Create Correlation Matrix of Numeric Variables

```cor(iris[, unlist(lapply(iris, is.numeric))]) # Applying cor() function # Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width # Sepal.Length 1.0000000 -0.1175698 0.8717538 0.8179411 # Sepal.Width -0.1175698 1.0000000 -0.4284401 -0.3661259 # Petal.Length 0.8717538 -0.4284401 1.0000000 0.9628654 # Petal.Width 0.8179411 -0.3661259 0.9628654 1.0000000```

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