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How do I sort a cell of data according to it's label?

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Hi suppose I have the following data,
how do i sort the following data in the order of stridor first followed by wheeze then by crackle.
Thank you.
Ameer Hamza
Ameer Hamza on 14 Mar 2020
It will be helpful if you attach a small sample dataset.
dpb on 14 Mar 2020
  1. Turn into categorical variable and set the output order as desired, or
  2. Create auxiliary variable of 1:3-->names in order wanted and sort by it.

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Aghamarsh Varanasi
Aghamarsh Varanasi on 17 Mar 2020
As suggested by dpb, you can convert the ‘label’ column of the table to be categorical and specify the order in which you want to sort the data. The following code snippet reflects the same, considering the data to be in a table named ‘dataset’.
% dataset.Var6 is the sixth column of the table
dataset.Var6 = categorical(dataset.Var6, {'stridor', 'wheeze', 'cracle'});
% The order of sort will be the order in which the categories are specified in creating the categorical array
dataset = sortrows(dataset,6);
Hope this helps.

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