[R] Plotting league tables/ caterpillar plots

Eik Vettorazzi vettorazzi at econ.uni-hamburg.de
Mon Jul 24 14:04:05 CEST 2006

Dear list,
I was wondering if there is a function to plot league tables, sometimes  
also known as "caterpillar plots"?
A league table is conceptually very similar to a box plot. One difference  
is that the inter-quartile ranges are not shown. If there isn't such a  
function a first attempt for a "selfmade" plot would be to tell boxplot  
not to plot boxes (sounds silly isn't it?). I've tried the option  
"boxwex=0" but the result is unsatisfactory.

An example for a league table can be found in Marshall, Spiegelhalter  
[1998], Reliability of league tables of in vitro fertilisation clinics,  
BMJ1998;316:1701-1705, you may find it at http://bmj.bmjjournals.com

Thanks in advance

Eik Vettorazzi

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