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RickOz (2) [Avatar] Offline
When factors are introduced in 2.2.5, could you consider explaining why these are useful or needed.

robert.kabacoff (170) [Avatar] Offline
Re: Factors
Hi Rick,

I will review it and see what else I can add to make it clearer.



peterbwest (41) [Avatar] Offline
Re: Factors
2.2.5 Factors
In the discussion, you have

The statement status <- factor(status, ordered=TRUE) will encode the vector as (3, 2, 1, 3) and associate these values internally as 1=Excellent, 2=Improved, and 3=Poor.

In Listing 2.8 Using factors
> status <- factor(status, order=TRUE)

so presumably, order and ordered are synonymous in the factor function. Is this characteristic widespread, or limited to certain functions?

Does factor() rank the elements it encounters in reverse? This gives the slightly counter-intutive result that Excellent < Improved < Poor.
peterbwest (41) [Avatar] Offline
Re: Factors
2.2.5 Factors p 34

It clearly shows that diabetes is a factor and status in an order factor, along with how it is coded internally. #2 Note that the summary() function treats the variables differently.

Typo above.

What is the #2 a reference to?
peterbwest (41) [Avatar] Offline
Re: Factors
Found the #2 reference in the listing above the discussion.