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Return an ordered factor with fct_inorder and fct_infreq #54

andrewheiss opened this Issue Nov 8, 2016 · 0 comments


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andrewheiss commented Nov 8, 2016

When using fct_inorder() or fct_infreq() to create a factor ordered by appearance or frequency, the functions create a factor with levels in the correct order, but the factor is not an official ordered factor, so the ordering does not carry over to ggplot plots, ordered logistic regression models, or any other situations where ordered factors matter.

Right now, these two functions have to be wrapped in ordered() to make them actual ordered factors. It would be nice if there were an ordered=TRUE/FALSE argument in fct_inorder() and fct_infreq() to avoid this extra step.

f <- factor(c("b", "b", "a", "c", "c", "c"))
#> [1] b b a c c c
#> Levels: a b c

# Unordered
#> [1] b b a c c c
#> Levels: b a c
#> [1] b b a c c c
#> Levels: c b a

# Ordered
#> [1] b b a c c c
#> Levels: b < a < c
#> [1] b b a c c c
#> Levels: c < b < a

# Would be nice
fct_inorder(f, ordered=TRUE)
#> Error in fct_inorder(f, ordered = TRUE): unused argument (ordered = TRUE)
fct_infreq(f, ordered=TRUE)
#> Error in fct_infreq(f, ordered = TRUE): unused argument (ordered = TRUE)

@hadley hadley closed this in cb9fe87 Dec 30, 2016

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