stats (version 3.3)

reorder.default: Reorder Levels of a Factor


reorder is a generic function. The "default" method treats its first argument as a categorical variable, and reorders its levels based on the values of a second variable, usually numeric.


reorder(x, ...)

## S3 method for class 'default': reorder(x, X, FUN = mean, \dots, order = is.ordered(x))


An atomic vector, usually a factor (possibly ordered). The vector is treated as a categorical variable whose levels will be reordered. If x is not a factor, its unique values will be used as the implicit levels.
a vector of the same length as x, whose subset of values for each unique level of x determines the eventual order of that level.
a function whose first argument is a vector and returns a scalar, to be applied to each subset of X determined by the levels of x.
optional: extra arguments supplied to FUN
logical, whether return value will be an ordered factor rather than a factor.


  • A factor or an ordered factor (depending on the value of order), with the order of the levels determined by FUN applied to X grouped by x. The levels are ordered such that the values returned by FUN are in increasing order. Empty levels will be dropped.

    Additionally, the values of FUN applied to the subsets of X (in the original order of the levels of x) is returned as the "scores" attribute.

See Also

reorder.dendrogram, levels, relevel.


Run this code

bymedian <- with(InsectSprays, reorder(spray, count, median))
boxplot(count ~ bymedian, data = InsectSprays,
        xlab = "Type of spray", ylab = "Insect count",
        main = "InsectSprays data", varwidth = TRUE,
        col = "lightgray")

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