[R] Plotting FAQ?

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Mar 3 15:58:25 CET 2006

This might help:


On 3/3/06, Dan Bolser <dmb at mrc-dunn.cam.ac.uk> 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?
> Thanks for any help,
> Dan.
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