ds.dataFrameSort {dsBaseClient}R Documentation

Sorts data frames in the server-side


Sorts a data frame using a specified sort key.


  df.name = NULL,
  sort.key.name = NULL,
  sort.descending = FALSE,
  sort.method = "default",
  newobj = NULL,
  datasources = NULL



a character string providing the name of the data frame to be sorted.


a character string providing the name for the sort key.


logical, if TRUE the data frame will be sorted. by the sort key in descending order. Default = FALSE (sort order ascending).


a character string that specifies the method to be used to sort the data frame. This can be set as "alphabetic","a" or "numeric", "n".


a character string that provides the name for the output data frame that is stored on the data servers. Default dataframesort.newobj. where df.name is the first argument of ds.dataFrameSort().


a list of DSConnection-class objects obtained after login. If the datasources argument is not specified the default set of connections will be used: see datashield.connections_default.


It sorts a specified data.frame on the serverside using a sort key also on the server-side. The sort key can either sit in the data.frame or outside it. The sort key can be forced to be interpreted as alphabetic or numeric.

When a numeric vector is sorted alphabetically, the order can look confusing. For example, if we have a numeric vector to sort:
vector.2.sort = c(-192, 76, 841, NA, 1670, 163, 147, 101, -112, -231, -9, 119, 112, NA)

When sorting numbers in an ascending (default) manner, the largest negative numbers get ordered first leading up to the largest positive numbers and finally (by default in R) NAs being positioned at the end of the vector:
numeric.sort = c(-231, -192, -112, -9, 76, 101, 112, 119, 147, 163, 841, 1670, NA, NA)

Instead, if the same vector is sorted alphabetically the the resultant vector is:

alphabetic.sort = (-112, -192, -231, -9, 101, 112, 119, 147, 163, 1670, 76, 841, NA, NA)

Server function called: dataFrameSortDS.


ds.dataFrameSort returns the sorted data frame is written to the server-side. Also, two validity messages are returned to the client-side indicating the name of the newobj which has been created in each data source and if it is in a valid form.


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## Not run: 
  ## Version 6, for version 5 see the Wiki
  # connecting to the Opal servers


  builder <- DSI::newDSLoginBuilder()
  builder$append(server = "study1", 
                 url = "", 
                 user = "administrator", password = "datashield_test&", 
                 table = "CNSIM.CNSIM1", driver = "OpalDriver")
  builder$append(server = "study2", 
                 url = "", 
                 user = "administrator", password = "datashield_test&", 
                 table = "CNSIM.CNSIM2", driver = "OpalDriver")
  builder$append(server = "study3",
                 url = "", 
                 user = "administrator", password = "datashield_test&", 
                 table = "CNSIM.CNSIM3", driver = "OpalDriver")
  logindata <- builder$build()
  connections <- DSI::datashield.login(logins = logindata, assign = TRUE, symbol = "D") 
  # Sorting the data frame
  ds.dataFrameSort(df.name = "D",
                   sort.key.name = "D$LAB_TSC",
                   sort.descending = TRUE,
                   sort.method = "numeric",
                   newobj = "df.sort",
                   datasources = connections[1]) #only the first Opal server is used ("study1")
  # Clear the Datashield R sessions and logout                 

## End(Not run)   

[Package dsBaseClient version 6.1.1 ]