[R] Plotting FAQ?

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Fri Mar 3 13:41:27 CET 2006

On 3/3/2006 7:13 AM, Dan Bolser wrote:
> Hi,
> Since I started to make some 'final' plots of my data I found that I 
> have tons of questions related to 'the little things'. Rather than 
> bother the list with all the questions (ahem), or search the archives 
> for similar questions and translate the context, I would like to find a 
> FAQ for plotting in particular (and R programming in general). I know 
> for sure (searching the list) that my questions have been answered many 
> times and in many different contexts, however, I can't find any list of 
> generic (best) solutions to common problems.
> For example, (a bit on the 'details' side, but...)
> How do I make my y axis labels / names appear horizontally?
> How do I put a plot within a plot?
> How do I scale the legend text in barplot(...,legend=T)?
> How do I generate a legend just like barplot(...,legend=T) using legend()?
> How do I give my axis labels a bit more space? (Shift the left/bottom of 
> the plotting area right/up from the left/bottom of the device area)?
> These questions spring to mind because they are problems I am trying to 
> deal with, I am sure you could imagine loads of more basic plotting 
> questions.
> An FAQ is a great place to archive all the best community knowledge 
> about what library is good for what functionality and what 'tips & 
> tricks' have the coolest code.
> Where should I look?

I don't know of an FAQ with that level of detail, but there are two 
places I'd go to answer those if I didn't find the help in ?par:

1.  Paul Murrell's book R Graphics.

2.  The R Graph Gallery at http://addictedtor.free.fr/graphiques/

Duncan Murdoch

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