R Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique (2 Examples)

 

In this article, you’ll learn how to handle the “Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique” in R.

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Creation of Example Data

To start with, let’s create some example data:

x <- 1:10                             # Create example vector
x                                     # Print example vector
#  [1]  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10

As you can see based on the previous RStudio console output, the example data is a numeric vector ranging from 1 to 10.

 

Example 1: Reproduce the Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique

This example shows how to replicate the “Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique” in the R programming language.

Let’s assume that we want to split our vector object by certain breaks using the cut function. Then, we might try to run the following R code:

cut(x, breaks = c(0, 1, 1, 2, 10))    # Reproduce error
# Error in cut.default(x, breaks = c(0, 1, 1, 2, 10)) : 
#   'breaks' are not unique

Unfortunately, the previous R syntax has returned the “Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique”. The reason for this is that we have specified the same break value twice within the cut function (i.e. the break at the value 1).

 

Example 2: Fix the Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique

In Example 2, I’ll show how to avoid the “”Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique”.

For this, we simply have to remove all duplicated elements from our vector of breaks:

cut(x, breaks = c(0, 1, 2, 10))       # Resolve error
#  [1] (0,1]  (1,2]  (2,10] (2,10] (2,10] (2,10] (2,10] (2,10] (2,10] (2,10]
# Levels: (0,1] (1,2] (2,10]

Works fine!

 

Video & Further Resources

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Summary: In this tutorial, I have demonstrated how to deal with the “Error in cut.default : ‘breaks’ are not unique” in R. Please tell me about it in the comments section, if you have additional questions.

 

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