[R] ordering a boxplot

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sat Mar 21 18:43:08 CET 2015

On Mar 20, 2015, at 2:20 PM, Antonio Silva wrote:

> Hello
> I'm using a dataframe (mydata) where row names are sampling points and
> column names are species in a multivariate analysis.
> If I write boxplot(mydata) I'll have boxplots for each species abundance in
> alphabetical order.
> How to get the boxes orderer by the median?
> Usually for this I write
> boxplot(value~category,at=rank(tapply(mydata$value,mydata$category,median)))

I would not have expected that to succeed. The usual approach is to change the order of factor levels before the call to boxplot.

> but for this to work I need a column for the categories and another column
> for the values.

Yes. That is the usual situation. Since you provide no data we cannot tell what is different about your case.

> Thanks in advance, best regards.
> Antonio Olinto
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David Winsemius
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