# [R] Dividing a vector into ntiles

Fri Jul 15 15:49:46 CEST 2005

Here is an example that shows how to divide a vector into "quartiles" and
create a categorical (factor) variable with 4 levels ("A", "B", "C", "D")
from it:

x <- rnorm(100)
xcat <- factor(cut(x, quantile(x), include.lowest = TRUE),
labels = LETTERS[1:4])
table(xcat)

Ravi.

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> Subject: [R] Dividing a vector into ntiles
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> R 2.1.1
> Win 2k
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> Would someone suggest a method (or methods) that can be used to
> determine ntile cutpoints of a vector, i.e. to determine values that can
> be used to divide a vector into thirds such as 0-33 centile, 34-66
> centile, 67-100 centile. If for example I had a vector:
> 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
> and wanted to divide the vector into thirds
> I would have cut-points of 3, and 6.
> Thanks,
> John
>
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