[R] persp(), scatterplot3d(), "..." argument

Robin Hankin rksh at soc.soton.ac.uk
Tue Oct 26 12:28:08 CEST 2004

Hello list.

I very often need 3d scatterplots, and use scatterplot3D quite a lot.
I am trying to modify persp() to plot scatterplots, and make use of
the theta and phi arguments that persp() offers.  I am having some
difficulty passing the correct arguments to persp().

Here is my function so far.  Much of it is copied from the persp() manpage.

points3d <- function(x,y,z, jj.colour="black", ...){
     z <- x[,3]
     y <- x[,2]
     x <- x[,1]
     z.grid <- matrix(range(z),2,2)
     persp(range(x), range(y),	z.grid,
     col = NA,border=NA, ...) -> res

     trans3d <- function(x,y,z, pmat) {
        tr <- cbind(x,y,z,1) %*% pmat
        list(x = tr[,1]/tr[,4], y= tr[,2]/tr[,4])

   points(trans3d(x,y,z,pm=res), col=jj.colour, ...)

With this, things like

    O <- matrix(rnorm(60),20,3)

work as expected, but all extra arguments are passed to persp() _and_
lines() and this gives warnings.


What is best practice to handle this sort of problem?  Should I ignore
the warnings() that this approach gives?  I can suppress them with
options(warn= -Inf), but is this a good idea?  I've read section 10.4
of AITR.

(the odd argument jj.colour is there because persp() needs to
be called with col=NA).

Robin Hankin
Uncertainty Analyst
Southampton Oceanography Centre
SO14 3ZH
tel +44(0)23-8059-7743
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