# Coarsen a vector into a factor with a lower number of levels

`coarsen.Rd`

`coarsen`

can be used to obtain a factor from a vector, similar
to `cut`

, but with less technical and more "aesthetic"
labels of the factor levels.

## Usage

```
coarsen(x,...)
# S3 method for class 'numeric'
coarsen(x,
n=5,
pretty=TRUE,
quantiles=!pretty,
breaks=NULL,
brackets=FALSE,
sep=if(brackets)";"else if(quantiles) "-" else " - ",
left="[",
right="]",
range=FALSE,
labels=NULL,
...)
```

## Arguments

- x
a vector, usually a numeric vector

- n
number of categories of the resulting factor

- pretty
a logical value, whether

`pretty`

should be used to compute the breaks.- quantiles
a logical value, whether

`quantile`

should be used to compute the breaks.- breaks
a vector of break points or

`NULL`

.- brackets
a logical value, whether the labels should include brackets.

- sep
a character string, used as a separator between upper and lower boundaries in the labels.

- left
a character string, to be used as the left bracket

- right
a character string, to be used as the right bracket

- range
a logical value, whether the minimum and maximum of

`x`

should be included into`breaks`

.- labels
an optional character vector of labels.

- ...
further arguments, passed on to

`pretty`

or`quantile`

if applicable.

## Examples

```
x <- rnorm(200)
table(coarsen(x))
#>
#> -3 - -2 -2 - -1 -1 - 0 0 - 1 1 - 2 2 - 3
#> 5 21 82 62 27 3
table(coarsen(x,quantiles=TRUE))
#>
#> 0%-20% 20%-40% 40%-60% 60%-80% 80%-100%
#> 40 40 40 40 40
table(coarsen(x,brackets=TRUE))
#>
#> [-3;-2] [-2;-1] [-1;0] [0;1] [1;2] [2;3]
#> 5 21 82 62 27 3
table(coarsen(x,breaks=c(-1,0,1)))
#>
#> -1 - 0 0 - 1
#> 82 62
table(coarsen(x,breaks=c(-1,0,1),
range=TRUE,labels=letters[1:4]))
#>
#> a b c d
#> 26 82 62 30
```