[R] Help with plotmath

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 10 13:39:47 CEST 2004

You *parse* strings to form expressions.

plot( c(0,1), c(0,1), main=parse(text=ex) )

On Thu, 10 Jun 2004, Steve Roberts wrote:

> There must be a simple answer. I want to plot an expression, 
> where the expression is held in a string variable. The "obvious" 
> solution along the lines of
> ex<-"x^2"
> plot( c(0,1), c(0,1), main=as.expression(ex) )
> gives me the a title x^2 - ie doesn't treat it like an expression. I 
> suspect I don't understand expressions properly. For the real 
> problem I do need to have my expression string in a variable as it is 
> data-dependent. 

You might also want to explore substitute.

> Can someone tell me the magic words?

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