[R] Quantiles with ordered categories

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 14 21:34:19 CET 2017

Bert Gunter

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On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 12:36 PM,  <matthias-gondan at gmx.de> wrote:
> Dear R users,
> This works:
> quantile(1:10, probs=0.5)
> This fails (obviously):
> quantile(factor(1:10), probs=0.5)
> But why do quantiles for ordered factors not work either?
> quantile(ordered(1:10), probs=0.5)
> Is it because interpolation (see the optional type argument) is not defined?

Is there an elegant workaround?
No. How can there be? By definition, all that is assumed by an ordered
factor is an ordering of the categories. How can you "interpolate" in
ordered(letters[1:3]) . ASAIK there is no "a.5"  .

-- Bert

> Thank you.
> Best wishes,
> Matthias
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