[R] arules package: using image() deliveres unexpected results

Achim Zeileis Achim.Zeileis at wu-wien.ac.at
Fri Jul 28 18:18:31 CEST 2006


> it seems like there is a problem with the image()-method in the package
> arules.

For problems with packages, please contact the maintainer or at least have
im Cc as the posting guide tells you.

> Using an ordninary matrix works fine:
> image(matrix(rnorm(200), 10, 20), axes = FALSE, col=brewer.pal(9, "Blues") )

Note that image() is a generic function, the methods called in your
example above is rather different from the methods below.

> delivers an image with blue colors and no axes.
> Using an object of the class "associations" (arules package) does not work:
> image(items(ta.eclat), axes = FALSE, col=brewer.pal(9, "Blues") )
> delivers an error message telling that the argument "col" matches to
> several formal arguments.

So maybe you should check what arguments are allowed for the method in
  help("image", package = "arules")
tells you to look that essentially levelplot() is called and
  help("levelplot", package = "lattice")
shows that there are two arguments starting with `col' (col.regions and
colorkey) and that there is no argument `axes'.

> In the source code of arules I couldn't find any definition of the
> image-function (especially no image.R-file.)

It's in itemMatrix.R, because it is the image() method for "itemMatrix"
objects. You can also see in
  getMethod("image", "itemMatrix")
that it calls the "dgTMatrix" method:
  getMethod("image", "dgTMatrix")
which calls levelplot().

A note to Michael (arules maintainer): the link from the image()
documentation in arules to Matrix is broken (should be to
"dgTMatrix-class") and maybe you should also link levelplot() in lattice


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