Returns the sample ranks of the values in a vector. Ties (i.e., equal values) and missing values can be handled in several ways.
rank(x, na.last = TRUE, ties.method = c("average", "first", "random", "max", "min"))
- a numeric, complex, character or logical vector.
- for controlling the treatment of
TRUE, missing values in the data are put last; if
FALSE, they are put first; if
NA, they are removed; if
"keep"they are kept with rank
- a character string specifying how ties are treated, see ‘Details’; can be abbreviated.
If all components are different (and no
NAs), the ranks are well defined, with values in
seq_len(x). With some values equal (called ‘ties’), the argument
ties.method determines the result at the corresponding indices. The
"first" method results in a permutation with increasing values at each index set of ties. The
"random" method puts these in random order whereas the default,
"average", replaces them by their mean, and
"min" replaces them by their maximum and minimum respectively, the latter being the typical sports ranking.
NA values are never considered to be equal: for
na.last = TRUE and
na.last = FALSE they are given distinct ranks in the order in which they occur in
rank is not itself generic but
xtfrm is, and
rank(xtfrm(x), ....) will have the desired result if there is a
xtfrm method. Otherwise,
rank will make use of
is.na methods for classed objects, possibly rather slowly.
A numeric vector of the same length as
x with names copied from
na.last = NA, when missing values are removed). The vector is of integer type unless
ties.method = "average" when it is of double type (whether or not there are any ties).
Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.
(r1 <- rank(x1 <- c(3, 1, 4, 15, 92))) x2 <- c(3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2, 6, 5, 3, 5) names(x2) <- letters[1:11] (r2 <- rank(x2)) # ties are averaged ## rank() is "idempotent": rank(rank(x)) == rank(x) : stopifnot(rank(r1) == r1, rank(r2) == r2) ## ranks without averaging rank(x2, ties.method= "first") # first occurrence wins rank(x2, ties.method= "random") # ties broken at random rank(x2, ties.method= "random") # and again ## keep ties ties, no average (rma <- rank(x2, ties.method= "max")) # as used classically (rmi <- rank(x2, ties.method= "min")) # as in Sports stopifnot(rma + rmi == round(r2 + r2))
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