There are two methods you can use to sort a table in R:

**Method 1: Use Base R**

#sort table in ascending ordermy_table_sorted <- my_table[order(my_table)] #sort table in descending order my_table_sorted <- my_table[order(my_table, decreasing=TRUE)]

**Method 2: Use dplyr**

library(dplyr) #sort table in ascending ordermy_table_sorted<- my_table %>% as.data.frame() %>% arrange(Freq) #sort table in descending order my_table_sorted<- my_table %>% as.data.frame() %>% arrange(desc(Freq))

The following examples show how to use each method in practice with the following table in R:

#create vector data <- c(3, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7, 5, 5, 5, 5, 9, 12, 15, 15) #create table my_table <- table(data) #view table my_table data 3 5 7 8 9 12 15 1 4 2 3 1 1 2

**Example 1: Sort Table Using Base R**

We can use the following code to sort the values in the table in ascending order using the **order()** function from base R:

#sort table in ascending order my_table_sorted <- my_table[order(my_table)] #view sorted table my_table_sorted data 3 9 12 7 15 8 5 1 1 1 2 2 3 4

And we can use the argument **decreasing=True** in the **order()** function to sort the values in the table in descending order:

#sort table in descending order my_table_sorted <- my_table[order(my_table, decreasing=TRUE)] #view sorted table my_table_sorted data 5 8 7 15 3 9 12 4 3 2 2 1 1 1

**Example 2: Sort Table Using dplyr**

We can use the following code to sort the values in the table in ascending order using the **arrange()** function from the dplyr package:

library(dplyr) #sort table in ascending order my_table_sorted <- my_table %>% as.data.frame() %>% arrange(Freq) #view sorted table my_table_sorted data Freq 1 3 1 2 9 1 3 12 1 4 7 2 5 15 2 6 8 3 7 5 4

And we can use the **desc()** function to sort the values in the table in descending order:

library(dplyr) #sort table in descending order my_table_sorted <- my_table %>% as.data.frame() %>% arrange(desc(Freq)) #view sorted table my_table_sorted data Freq 1 5 4 2 8 3 3 7 2 4 15 2 5 3 1 6 9 1 7 12 1

**Note**: You can find the complete documentation for the dplyr **arrange()** function here.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in R:

How to Create a Frequency Table by Group in R

How to Create a Two Way Table in R

How to Plot a Table in R