[R] Re-order levels of a categorical (factor) variable
ravi.varadhan at jhu.edu
Thu Jan 22 16:49:50 CET 2015
Dear Bert, Martin, Bill,
Thank you very much for the help. Bert & Martin's solutions solved my problem. Would it be useful to add an example like this to the help page on ?factor or ?levels?
From: Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:29 AM
To: Bert Gunter
Cc: William Dunlap; r-help at r-project.org; Ravi Varadhan
Subject: Re: [R] Re-order levels of a categorical (factor) variable
>>>>> Bert Gunter <gunter.berton at gene.com>
>>>>> on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:52:12 -0800 writes:
> I believe the problem is that the factor is automatically created when
> a data frame is created by read.table(). By default, the levels are
> lexicographically ordered. The following reproduces the problem and
> gives a solution.
>> z <- data.frame(y = 1:9, x = rep(c("pre", "day2","day10")))
>> xyplot(y~x,data=z) ## x axis order is day 10, day2, pre
>  "day10" "day2" "pre"
>> z$x <- factor(as.character(z$x),levels=c(levels(z$x)[3:1])) ## explicitly defines level order
>> xyplot(y~x,data=z) ## desired plot
Indeed, thank you, Bert,
and using levels(.) <- * does *not* work... (as I first thought).
However, slightly shorter and easier and maybe even easier to remember than
z$x <- factor(as.character(z$x), levels = c(levels(z$x)[3:1])) ## def. level order
z$x <- factor(z$x, levels = levels(z$x)[3:1]) ## def. level order
Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich
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