RE: [R] "chronological" ordering of factor in lm() and plot()

From: <Bill.Venables_at_csiro.au>
Date: Sat 16 Apr 2005 - 15:42:46 EST


First put

> day.names <- c("sun", "mon", "tue", "wed", "thu", "fri", "sat")

then

> days <- factor(as.character(days), levels = day.names)

will ensure the ordering you want.

Bill Venables.

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch
[mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Eric C. Jennings Sent: Saturday, 16 April 2005 2:29 PM
To: R-help
Subject: [R] "chronological" ordering of factor in lm() and plot()

I am trying to do some basic regression and ANOVA on cycle times (numeric
vectors) across weekdays (character vector), where I have simply labelled my
days as:
days<- c("mon","tue","wed"...etc).
(NOTE: There are actually multiple instances of each day, and the data is
read-in from a .dat file.)

I have no trouble at all with the actual number crunching, It is the "proper" ordering of the factor that I am asking about. R first alphabetizes
it("fri","mon","thu"...) before doing the work of lm(), aov() and especially
plot().

I have tried as.ordered(factor( )), but that doesn't do anything. If I re-assign levels() in the way that I want, that just renames the the
levels of the factor but does not reorder it internally. I've looked at chron(), but that seems to entail using a numeric vector instead of a character vector.

How can I get it to "properly" (chronologically) order the factor. (In some
ways I'm thinking that all I can do is:
days<- c("a.mon","b.tues","c.wed"...etc)

Thanks for all that you can do
Eric Jennings
matheric@u.washington.edu
matheric@myuw.net



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