str_order & str_sort Functions in R (2 Examples)


In this article you’ll learn how to order or sort a character vector with the str_order and str_sort functions in the R programming language.

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So now the part you have been waiting for – the examples.


Creation of Example Data

First, we need to create some example data that we can order and sort later on:

x <- c("xyz", "a", "hello", "y")    # Create vector of characters

In order to use the str_order and str_sort functions, we also need to install and load the stringr package of the tidyverse to R:

install.packages("stringr")         # Install stringr package
library("stringr")                  # Load stringr package

Now, we can move on to the example, so keep on reading!


Example 1: Application of str_order Function in R

In the first example, we’ll apply the str_order command. Have a look at the following R syntax:

str_order(x)                        # Apply str_order function
# 2 3 1 4

As you can see, the str_order function returns the alphabetic ordering of our vector of character strings.


Example 2: Application of str_sort Function in R

Similar to Example 1, we can also apply the str_sort to sort our vector of character strings:

str_sort(x)                         # Apply str_sort function
# "a"     "hello" "xyz"   "y"


Video & Further Resources

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In addition, you may want to read the related posts that I have published on this website. I have released numerous articles already.

Especially, I need to emphasize the article on the sort and order functions of Base R.

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In this tutorial, I explained how to order or sort a vector of character strings in the R programming language. In case you have further comments or questions, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments.


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