# [R] Assigning categorical values to dates

Rui Barradas ru|pb@rr@d@@ @end|ng |rom @@po@pt
Thu Jul 22 08:54:09 CEST 2021

```Hello,

Here are 3 solutions, one of them the coercion to factor one.
Since you are using tibbles, I assume you also want a dplyr solution.

library(dplyr)

df1 <- tibble(dates = c(rep("2021-07-04", 2),
rep("2021-07-25", 3),
rep("2021-07-18", 4)))

# base R
as.integer(factor(df1\$dates))
match(df1\$dates, unique(sort(df1\$dates)))

# dplyr
df1 %>% group_by(dates) %>% mutate(cycle = cur_group_id())

My favorite is by far the 1st but that's a matter of opinion.

Hope this helps,

Às 04:46 de 22/07/21, N. F. Parsons escreveu:
> I am not averse to a factor-based solution, but I would still have to manually enter that factor each month, correct? If possible, I’d just like to point R at that column and have it do the work.
>
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>> On Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021 at 8:30 PM, Tom Woolman <twoolman using ontargettek.com (mailto:twoolman using ontargettek.com)> wrote:
>>
>> Couldn't you convert the date columns to character type data in a data
>> frame, and then convert those strings to factors in a 2nd step?
>>
>> The only downside I think to treating dates as factor levels is that
>> you might have an awful lot of factors if you have a large enough
>> dataset.
>>
>>
>>
>> Quoting "N. F. Parsons" <nathan.f.parsons using gmail.com>:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> If I have a tibble as follows:
>>>
>>> tibble(dates = c(rep("2021-07-04", 2), rep("2021-07-25", 3),
>>> rep("2021-07-18", 4)))
>>>
>>> how in the world do I add a column that evaluates each of those dates and
>>> assigns it a categorical value such that
>>>
>>> dates cycle
>>> <chr> <chr>
>>> 2021-07-04 1
>>> 2021-07-04 1
>>> 2021-07-25 3
>>> 2021-07-25 3
>>> 2021-07-25 3
>>> 2021-07-18 2
>>> 2021-07-18 2
>>> 2021-07-18 2
>>> 2021-07-18 2
>>>
>>> Not to further complicate matters, but some months I may only have one
>>> date, and some months I will have 4 dates - so thats not a fixed quantity.
>>> We've literally been doing this by hand at my job and I'd like to automate
>>> it.
>>>
>>>
>>> Nate Parsons
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