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Feature suggestion: fct_others that move all non given levels to other #40

lepennec opened this issue Sep 23, 2016 · 2 comments


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lepennec commented Sep 23, 2016

I often have to recode with a lot of not interesting levels that I want to replace by a single "Others" one. Because I'm lazy, I would like to give only the levels I want to keep...

I've made a prototype which does the job:

fct_others <- function(f, ..., other_level = "Others") {
  f <- forcats:::check_factor(f)
  levels <- levels(f)
  new_levels <- if_else(levels %in% list(...), levels, other_level)
  f <- lvls_revalue(f, new_levels)

  # Place other at end
  levels <- levels(f)
  other_back <- c(setdiff(levels, other_level), intersect(levels, other_level))
  lvls_reorder(f, match(other_back, levels))
@hadley hadley closed this as completed in 89d23ca Jan 19, 2017
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hadley commented Jan 19, 2017

I took a slightly more verbose & general approach. I think the explicit keep and drop arguments will also make it slightly easier to guess at what fct_other() does when re-reading code.

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It's indeed much better! Thanks for your tremendous job!

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