number_line and overlaps

07 August 2021

Introduction

A number_line object is a range of numeric values. number_line objects as based off interval objects from the lubridate package but supports any object that can be successfully coerced to a numeric object.

Overview

For a given number_line object e.g. 8 <- 1, its main components are;

For an "increasing" number_line, its start_point() is at the left_point(). In contrast, the start_point() of a "decreasing" number_line is at the right_point().

library(diyar)
# `number_line` objects
nl_a <- number_line(l = c(3, 5), r = c(4, 1))
nl_a
#> [1] "3 -> 4" "5 <- 1"

# Lower end of the range
start_point(nl_a)
#> [1] 3 1
# Left part of the range
left_point(nl_a)
#> [1] 3 5

Implementation

Manipulating a number_line

There are convenience functions to reverse, shrink, expand or shift a number_line along the number line.

nl_c <- number_line(as.Date("04/04/2019", "%d/%M/%Y"), as.Date("07/04/2019", "%d/%M/%Y"))
nl_c
#> [1] "2019-08-04 -> 2019-08-07"

# Expand the `number_line` by 2 days from both ends 
nl_d <- expand_number_line(nl_c, 2); nl_d
#> [1] "2019-08-02 -> 2019-08-09"

# Expand the `number_line` by 2 days from the lower end only
nl_e <- expand_number_line(nl_c, 2, "start"); nl_e
#> [1] "2019-08-02 -> 2019-08-07"

# Shrink the `number_line` by 2 days from the upper end only
nl_f <- expand_number_line(nl_c, -2, "end"); nl_f
#> [1] "2019-08-04 -> 2019-08-05"

# Shrink the `number_line` by 2 days from both ends
nl_g <- expand_number_line(nl_c, -2); nl_g
#> [1] "2019-08-06 <- 2019-08-05"

# Reverse the direction of the `number_line`
nl_h <- reverse_number_line(nl_c); nl_h
#> [1] "2019-08-07 <- 2019-08-04"

# Shift the `number_line` towards the negative end of the number line by 2 days 
nl_i <- shift_number_line(nl_c, -2); nl_i
#> [1] "2019-08-02 -> 2019-08-05"

# Shift the `number_line` towards the positive end of the number line by 2 days 
nl_j <- shift_number_line(nl_c, 2); nl_j
#> [1] "2019-08-06 -> 2019-08-09"

# Change the left part of the `number_line` to a negative value
nl_k <- invert_number_line(nl_c, "left"); nl_k
#> [1] "-18112 -> 18115"

# Split a `number_line`
nl_l <- seq(nl_c, length.out = 3); nl_l
#> [1] "2019-08-04 -> 2019-08-05" "2019-08-05 -> 2019-08-06"
#> [3] "2019-08-06 -> 2019-08-07"

Overlaps

number_line objects can overlap with each other. diyar recognises seven ways this can happen. These are exact(), reverse(), inbetween(), across(), chain(), aligns_start() and aligns_end(). The 7 methods are mutually exclusive. There are 2 convenience methods - "none" and overlap(), which are mutually inclusive with the other 7. See Figure 1.

Figure 1: Overlap methods for number_line

Set operations

nl_1 <- c(number_line(1, 5), number_line(1, 5), number_line(5, 9))
nl_2 <- c(number_line(1, 2), number_line(2, 7), number_line(0, 6))

# Union
nl_1; nl_2; union_number_lines(nl_1, nl_2)
#> [1] "1 -> 5" "1 -> 5" "5 -> 9"
#> [1] "1 -> 2" "2 -> 7" "0 -> 6"
#> [1] "1 -> 5" "1 -> 7" "0 -> 9"

nl_3 <- number_line(as.Date(c("01/01/2020", "03/01/2020","09/01/2020"), "%d/%m/%Y"),
                    as.Date(c("09/01/2020", "09/01/2020","25/12/2020"), "%d/%m/%Y"))

nl_4 <- number_line(as.Date(c("04/01/2020","01/01/2020","01/01/2020"), "%d/%m/%Y"),
                    as.Date(c("05/01/2020","05/01/2020","03/01/2020"), "%d/%m/%Y"))

# Intersect
nl_3; nl_4; intersect_number_lines(nl_3, nl_4)
#> [1] "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-09" "2020-01-03 -> 2020-01-09"
#> [3] "2020-01-09 -> 2020-12-25"
#> [1] "2020-01-04 -> 2020-01-05" "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-05"
#> [3] "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-03"
#> [1] "2020-01-04 -> 2020-01-05" "2020-01-03 -> 2020-01-05"
#> [3] "NA ?? NA"

# Subtract
nl_3; nl_4; subtract_number_lines(nl_3, nl_4)
#> [1] "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-09" "2020-01-03 -> 2020-01-09"
#> [3] "2020-01-09 -> 2020-12-25"
#> [1] "2020-01-04 -> 2020-01-05" "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-05"
#> [3] "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-03"
#> $n1
#> [1] "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-04" "2020-01-01 -> 2020-01-03"
#> [3] "NA ?? NA"                
#> 
#> $n2
#> [1] "2020-01-05 -> 2020-01-09" "2020-01-05 -> 2020-01-09"
#> [3] "NA ?? NA"