# [R] How to make label in multi plot

Paul Murrell p.murrell at auckland.ac.nz
Mon May 16 05:36:57 CEST 2005

```Hi

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> Dear R-Help,
> As a reference about multi plot,
> http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/R/Rhelp02a/archive/48725.html
>
> I want to know how can I make a label for each row.
> I mean like,
>
>                   ------------        -------------      --------------
>                  |            |       |            |      |            |
> Group A     |   plot1  |       |  plot 2  |      |  plot 3  |
>                  |            |       |            |      |            |
>                  -------------        -------------      --------------
>
>                                       -------------
>                                       |            |
> Group B                          |  plot 4  |
>                                       |            |
>                                       -------------
>

Two ways (at least):

(i)  use an outer margin ...

ooma <- par(oma=c(0, 5, 0, 0))
layout(rbind(c(1, 2, 3),
c(0, 4, 0)))
plot(1:10, main="Plot 1")
olas <- par(las=2)
at=0.75)
par(olas)
plot(1:20, main="Plot 2")
plot(1:30, main="Plot 3")
plot(1:40, main="Plot 4")
olas <- par(las=2)
at=0.25)
par(olas)
# new page!
plot(1:40, main="Plot 5")
par(ooma)

(ii) create an extra row/coloumn in the layout for the labels:

layout(rbind(c(1, 2, 3, 4),
c(5, 0, 6, 0)),
widths=c(2, 5, 5, 5))
# "plot 1" is label for row 1
omar <- par(mar=rep(0, 4))
plot.new()
text(0.5, 0.5, "Group A", cex=2)
par(omar)
plot(1:10, main="Plot 1")
plot(1:20, main="Plot 2")
plot(1:30, main="Plot 3")
# "plot 5" is label for row 2
omar <- par(mar=rep(0, 4))
plot.new()
text(0.5, 0.5, "Group B", cex=2)
par(omar)
plot(1:40, main="Plot 4")
# new page!
plot(1:40, main="Plot 5")

Paul
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