# nominal

Create nominal array

After creating a `nominal` array, you can use related functions to add, drop, or merge categories, and more.

The `nominal` and `ordinal` array data types might be removed in a future release. To represent ordered and unordered discrete, nonnumeric data, use the MATLAB® `categorical` data type instead.

## Syntax

• `B = nominal(X)`
• `B = nominal(X,labels)` example
• `B = nominal(X,labels,levels)`
• `B = nominal(X,labels,[],edges)`

## Description

````B = nominal(X)` creates a nominal array `B` from the array `X`. `nominal` creates the levels of `B` from the sorted unique values in `X`, and creates default labels for them.```

example

````B = nominal(X,labels)` labels the levels in `B` according to `labels`.```
````B = nominal(X,labels,levels)` creates a nominal array with possible levels defined by `levels`.```
````B = nominal(X,labels,[],edges)` creates a nominal array by binning a numeric array `X` with bin edges given by the numeric vector `edges`.```

## Examples

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### Create and Label Nominal Arrays

Create nominal arrays from a cell array of strings and from integer data, and provide explicit labels.

Create a nominal array from a cell array of strings with values `'r'`, `'g'`, and `'b'`. Label these levels `'red'`, `'green'`, and `'blue'`, respectively. Note that the labels are specified according to the sorted (alphabetical) order of the elements in `X`.

```X = {'r' 'b' 'g';'g' 'r' 'b';'b' 'r' 'g'} B = nominal(X,{'blue','green','red'}) ```
```X = 'r' 'b' 'g' 'g' 'r' 'b' 'b' 'r' 'g' B = red blue green green red blue blue red green ```

Create a nominal array from integer data with values 1 to 4, merging odd and even values into two nominal levels with labels `'odd'` and `'even'`. Achieve the merging by duplicating the labels.

```X = randi([1 4],5,2) B = nominal(X,{'odd','even','odd','even'}) ```
```X = 4 1 4 2 1 3 4 4 3 4 B = even odd even even odd odd even even odd even ```

## Input Arguments

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### `X` — Input arraynumeric | logical | character | categorical | cell array of strings

Input array to convert to `nominal`, specified as a numeric, logical, character, or categorical array, or a cell array of strings. The levels of the resulting `nominal` array correspond to the sorted unique values in `X`.

### `labels` — Labels for the discrete levelscharacter array | cell array of strings

Labels for the discrete levels, specified as a character array or cell array of strings. By default, `nominal` assigns the labels to the levels in `B` in order according to the sorted unique values in `X`.

You can include duplicate labels in `labels` in order to merge multiple values in `X` into a single level in `B`.

Data Types: `char` | `cell`

### `levels` — Possible nominal levelsvector

Possible nominal levels for the output `nominal` array, specified as a vector whose values can be compared to those in `X` using the equality operator. `nominal` assigns labels to each level from the corresponding elements of `labels`. If `X` contains any values not present in `levels`, the levels of the corresponding elements of `B` are undefined.

### `edges` — Bin edgesnumeric vector

Bin edges to create a nominal array by binning a numeric array, specified as a numeric vector. The uppermost bin includes values equal to the right-most edge. `nominal` assigns labels to each level in the resulting nominal array from the corresponding elements of `labels`. When you specify `edges`, it must have one more element than `labels`.

## Output Arguments

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### `B` — Nominal array`nominal` array object

Nominal array, returned as a `nominal` array object.

By default, an element of `B` is undefined if the corresponding element of `X` is `NaN` (when `X` is numeric), an empty string (when `X` is a character), or undefined (when `X` is categorical). `nominal` treats such elements as "undefined" or "missing" and does not include entries for them among the possible levels. To create an explicit level for such elements instead of treating them as undefined, you must use the `levels` input argument, and include `NaN`, the empty string, or an undefined element.