# [R] about the function order()

Laurent Gautier laurent at cbs.dtu.dk
Sat Nov 24 20:45:27 CET 2001

```Thomas Lumley wrote:
>
> On Sat, 24 Nov 2001, Laurent Gautier wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> > I have recently experienced something with the function order I cannot
> > explain:
> >
> >
> > The help(order) (which I admit having overlooked before) rises even more
> > my confusion...
> >
> > The following lines made me think order() was returning the 'order' each
> > value in a vector would take when sorted.
> >
> > > a <- c(4.1, 3.2, 6.1)
> > > order(a)
> > [1] 2 1 3
> >
> > Doing
> > > plot(a, order(a)/length(a))
> > gave what I expected (an empirical distribution function).
> >
> >
> >
> > Hower the following made me think I have been misusing order():
> >
> > > a <- c(4.1, 3.2, 6.1, 3.1)
> > > order(a)
> > [1] 4 2 1 3
> > >
> > > a <- rnorm(50)
> > > plot(a, order(a)/50)
> >
> > My question is, what is really order() doing ?
>
> In a sense it's doing the opposite of what you thought.
(...)

You are perfectly right.... How amazing things once clear blur with
tiredness...
I guess I should go home and rest before doing anything else silly... =)

Thanks for being around on a saturday and giving a fast answer...

Laurent

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