[R] Sorting problem

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at myway.com
Fri Dec 24 11:43:37 CET 2004

From:   Paul JH Drake <p.drake at beatson.gla.ac.uk>
> When I plot data as a boxplot, the boxes appear on the plot in
> alphabetical order (of group) rather than the order in which they appear
> in the data. So far, the only thing I can do to fix this is to prefix
> the group labels with a,b,c...etc to trick R into plotting them in the
> right order.
> Can sorting be turned off?
> How should I address this sensibly?

Actually they are shown in order of the levels of the factor.
e.g. to show them in reverse order:

spray <- factor( as.character(spray), level = rev(levels(spray)) )
boxplot(count ~ spray)

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