[R] rank(x,y)?
Duncan Murdoch
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Wed Jun 21 20:13:38 CEST 2006
Peter Dalgaard wrote:
> Duncan Murdoch <murdoch at stats.uwo.ca> writes:
>
>
>> Suppose I have two columns, x,y. I can use order(x,y) to calculate a
>> permutation that puts them into increasing order of x,
>> with ties broken by y.
>>
>> I'd like instead to calculate the rank of each pair under the same
>> ordering, but the rank() function doesn't take multiple values
>> as input. Is there a simple way to get what I want?
>>
>> E.g.
>>
>> > x <- c(1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4)
>> > y <- c(1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2)
>> > rank(x+y/10)
>> [1] 1 3 6 7 2 4 5 8
>>
>> gives me the answer I want, but only because I know the range of y and
>> the size of gaps in the x values. What do I do in general?
>>
>
> Still not quite general, but in the absence of ties:
>
>
>> z[order(x,y)]<-1:8
>> z
>>
> [1] 1 3 6 7 2 4 5 8
>
>
Thanks to all who have replied. Unfortunately for me, ties do exist,
and I'd like them to get identical ranks. John Fox's suggestion would
handle ties properly, but I'm worried about rounding error giving
spurious ties.
Duncan Murdoch
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