# [R] Rose diagrams in R?

Joerg Maeder joerg.maeder at ethz.ch
Fri Nov 23 13:46:52 CET 2001

```Hello David,

i wrote a small function (rose) for that problem. It accept datas
between 0 and 360 and draw something
like you want. You also can

rose <- function(data,step=30,main='wind rose'){
data <- (data+step/2)%%360# Values like 359 go to Sector 0
histdata <- hist(data,breaks=seq(0,360,by=step),plot=F) #use hist for
counting
counts <- histdata\$counts
maxcount <- max(counts)
plot(c(-1,1),c(-1,1),,xlab='',ylab='',
main=main,xaxt='n',yaxt='n',pch=' ')
for (i in 1:length(counts)){
w1 <- mids[i]-step/2
w2 <- mids[i]+step/2
lines(counts[i]/maxcount*c(0,sin(w1),sin(w2),0),
counts[i]/maxcount*c(0,cos(w1),cos(w2),0))#draw sector
text(sin(mids[i]),cos(mids[i]),counts[i])
}
counts
}

#Test with 500 values between 0 and 360 (uniform distribution)
rose(runif(500)*360,360/16)

David Finlayson wrote:
>
> I am looking for a function (or package) to plot histograms of directional
> data such as wind direction.  I believe these are called rose diagrams.  Is
> there an R script for this?  If not, can it be constructed in a function
> calling primitive graphic calls (lines, circles, boxes or polygons)?
>
> The stars function is not quite right.
>
> --
> David Finlayson
> Geomorphogist and GIS Specialist
> NearPRISM - Nearshore Research Group
> University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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