[R] a question of alphabetical order

From: [Ricardo Rodriguez] Your XEN ICT Team <webmaster_at_xen.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 16:38:12 +0200

Hi all,

In Spanish vowels with accent like á, é, ... doesn't affect to the alphabetical order of vector of strings. I mean, a or á don't matter for establishing the alphabetical order.

Nevertheless, while working with R order, here is what I get.

Given a file transport.txt



> toPlot <-

> toPlot[order(toPlot$medio),]

      medio variable
1     avión       34
2     barco       33
3 bicicleta        3
5    camión       54
6     coche       23
7      tren       67
4    ángulo       37


I expect ángulo appears in the first place as n (in ángulo) goes before v (in avión) and á/a doesn't matter for alphabetical order.

But ángulo appears in the last position.

Here my environment:

> sessionInfo()

R version 2.7.0 beta (2008-04-12 r45280) i386-apple-darwin9.2.2


attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base
> version

platform       i386-apple-darwin9.2.2                 
arch           i386                                   
os             darwin9.2.2                            
system         i386, darwin9.2.2                      
status         beta                                   
major          2                                      
minor          7.0                                    
year           2008                                   
month          04                                     
day            12                                     
svn rev        45280                                  
language       R                                      
version.string R version 2.7.0 beta (2008-04-12 r45280)

Is it not possible to get this dataframe ordered correctly in Spanish? Other programs (Excel, for instance) do order correctly.

Thanks for your help,


Ricardo Rodríguez
Your XEN ICT Team

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