guessGenHzLevels {aqp}R Documentation

Guess Appropriate Ordering for Generalized Horizon Labels

Description

This function makes an (educated) guess at an appropriate set of levels for generalized horizon labels using the median of horizon depth mid-points.

Usage

guessGenHzLevels(x, hz = "genhz")

Arguments

x

a SoilProfileCollection object

hz

name of horizon-level attribute containing generalized horizon labels, see details

Details

This function is useful when groups of horizons have been generalized via some method other than generalize.hz. For example, it may be useful to generalize horizons using labels derived from slice depths. The default sorting of these labels will not follow a logical depth-wise sorting when converted to a factor. guessGenHzLevels does a good job of "guessing" the proper ordering of these labels based on median horizon depth mid-point.

Value

a list:

levels

a vector of levels sorted by median horizon depth mid-point

median.depths

a vector of median horizon mid-points

Author(s)

D.E. Beaudette

See Also

generalize.hz

Examples


# load some example data
data(sp1, package='aqp')

# upgrade to SoilProfileCollection
depths(sp1) <- id ~ top + bottom

# generalize horizon names
n <- c('O', 'A', 'B', 'C')
p <- c('O', 'A', 'B', 'C')
sp1$genhz <- generalize.hz(sp1$name, n, p)

# note: levels are in the order in which originally defined:
levels(sp1$genhz)

# generalize horizons by depth slice
s <- slice(sp1, c(5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 100, 150) ~ .)
s$slice <- paste0(s$top, ' cm')
# not a factor
levels(s$slice)

# the proper ordering of these new labels can be guessed from horizon depths
guessGenHzLevels(s, 'slice')

# convert to factor, and set proper order
s$slice <- factor(s$slice, levels=guessGenHzLevels(s, 'slice')$levels)

# that is better
levels(s$slice)


[Package aqp version 1.31 Index]