Difference between factor and as.factor in R programming

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I recently got into these lines

x <- as.factor(rep(1:4, 2))
x
# [1] 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 
# Levels: 1 2 3 4

But if I do

x <- factor(rep(1:4, 2)) 

that gives me the same result. So what is the difference between factor and as.factor? I get how factor is pulling same numbers out and making them levels, but I don't get what the exact differences are between factor and as.factor.

Oct 29, 2018 in Data Analytics by Ali
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edited Oct 29, 2018 by Ali 370 views

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Hey @Ali, as.factor is a wrapper for factor, but it allows quick return if the input vector is already a factor:
answered Oct 29, 2018 by Maverick
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