[R] Sorting Numeric and Character Data
ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Oct 22 04:46:28 CEST 2005
Use read.table(myfile, header = TRUE, as.is = TRUE) where as.is=TRUE
causes read.table not to convert character data to factors.
On 10/21/05, Thomas Hopper <tomhopper at comcast.net> wrote:
> I have what seems like an easy question to answer, but I'm struggling
> with it.
> I have a set of categorical data that I am reading in, looking
> something like:
> "category" "result"
> "A" .234
> "B" .123
> "C" .564
> "D" -.452
> "E" .112
> "F" -.106
> I'd like to plot this twice on two separate dot charts, once with the
> data ordered in ascending order by the "category" (character) column;
> the other graph ordered in descending order by the "result" (numeric)
> My trouble is this: if I read this in as a data frame, I can order it
> using something like data[order(d3$result),], but the "category"
> column seems to get converted to an integer data type, which then
> plots as numbers rather than letters on the dotchart(). If I read it
> in as separate vector columns using scan() and copy-and-paste, I
> don't know how to order both vectors together (such that "A" and .234
> remain together).
> Any help would be much appreciated.
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