Reorder bars in geom_bar ggplot2 by value


I am trying to make a bar-plot where the plot is ordered from the miRNA with the highest value to the miRNA with the lowest. Why does my code not work?

> head(corr.m)

        miRNA         variable value
1    mmu-miR-532-3p      pos     7
2    mmu-miR-1983        pos    75
3    mmu-miR-301a-3p     pos    70
4    mmu-miR-96-5p       pos     5
5    mmu-miR-139-5p      pos    10
6    mmu-miR-5097        pos    47

ggplot(corr.m, aes(x=reorder(miRNA, value), y=value, fill=variable)) + 

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~ Asked on 2014-09-04 11:11:23

The Best Answer is


Your code works fine, except that the barplot is ordered from low to high. When you want to order the bars from high to low, you will have to add a -sign before value:

ggplot(corr.m, aes(x = reorder(miRNA, -value), y = value, fill = variable)) + 
  geom_bar(stat = "identity")

which gives:

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Used data:

corr.m <- structure(list(miRNA = structure(c(5L, 2L, 3L, 6L, 1L, 4L), .Label = c("mmu-miR-139-5p", "mmu-miR-1983", "mmu-miR-301a-3p", "mmu-miR-5097", "mmu-miR-532-3p", "mmu-miR-96-5p"), class = "factor"),
                         variable = structure(c(1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L, 1L), .Label = "pos", class = "factor"),
                         value = c(7L, 75L, 70L, 5L, 10L, 47L)),
                    class = "data.frame", row.names = c("1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6"))

~ Answered on 2014-09-04 11:31:17

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