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Combine Categorical Arrays

This example shows how to combine two categorical arrays.

Create Categorical Arrays

Create a categorical array, A, containing the preferred lunchtime beverage of 25 students in classroom A.

A = gallery('integerdata',3,[25,1],1);
A = categorical(A,1:3,{'milk' 'water' 'juice'});

A is a 25-by-1 categorical array with three distinct categories: milk, water, and juice.

Summarize the categorical array, A.

summary(A)
     milk       8 
     water      8 
     juice      9 

Eight students in classroom A prefer milk, eight prefer water, and nine prefer juice.

Create another categorical array, B, containing the preferences of 28 students in classroom B.

B = gallery('integerdata',3,[28,1],3);
B = categorical(B,1:3,{'milk' 'water' 'juice'});

B is a 28-by-1 categorical array containing the same categories as A.

Summarize the categorical array, B.

summary(B)
     milk       12 
     water      10 
     juice       6 

Twelve students in classroom B prefer milk, ten prefer water, and six prefer juice.

Concatenate Categorical Arrays

Concatenate the data from classrooms A and B into a single categorical array, Group1.

Group1 = [A;B];

Summarize the categorical array, Group1

summary(Group1)
     milk       20 
     water      18 
     juice      15 

Group1 is a 53-by-1 categorical array with three categories: milk, water, and juice.

Create Categorical Array with Different Categories

Create a categorical array, Group2, containing data from 50 students who were given the additional beverage option of soda.

Group2 = gallery('integerdata',4,[50,1],2);
Group2 = categorical(Group2,1:4,{'juice' 'milk' 'soda' 'water'});

Summarize the categorical array, Group2.

summary(Group2)
     juice      18 
     milk       10 
     soda       13 
     water       9 

Group2 is a 50-by-1 categorical array with four categories: juice, milk, soda, and water.

Concatenate Arrays with Different Categories

Concatenate the data from Group1 and Group2.

students = [Group1;Group2];

Summarize the resulting categorical array, students.

summary(students)
     milk       30 
     water      27 
     juice      33 
     soda       13 

Concatenation appends the categories exclusive to the second input, soda, to the end of the list of categories from the first input, milk, water, juice, soda.

Use reordercats to change the order of the categories in the categorical array, students.

students = reordercats(students,{'juice','milk','water','soda'});

categories(students)
ans = 

    'juice'
    'milk'
    'water'
    'soda'

Union of Categorical Arrays

Use the function union to find the unique responses from Group1 and Group2.

C = union(Group1,Group2)
C = 

     milk 
     water 
     juice 
     soda 

union returns the combined values from Group1 and Group2 with no repetitions. In this case, C is equivalent to the categories of the concatenation, students.

All of the categorical arrays in this example were nonordinal. To combine ordinal categorical arrays, they must have the same sets of categories including their order.

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