[R] Trellis - setting xlim or ylim by data range in whole column or row

Keith Chamberlain Keith.Chamberlain at colorado.edu
Thu Mar 9 23:29:19 CET 2006

Dear List-mates,

I have been trying to set up a 4x8 trellis plot (that is, 4 columns, 8
rows), and would like to have the axis limits set based on the data range of
rows (for ylim) and columns (for xlim). I've been using the call:


and updating to see different effects of scale adjustments, & etc.
foo<-update(foo, scale=list(relation="sliced")) #etc.

I can have each panel with its own limits using relation="free", limits wide
enough to accommodate the whole data range with "same" or the limits of the
widest panel for all panels with "split". I have not, however, figured out a
way to have the limits for x & y grouped by their column or row. 

Documentation points to 3 alternate ways of trying to set stuff in panels.
(1) a prepanel function, (2) using scales, or (3) focusing in on each panel
individually & changing some setting. 

I've played around with accessing different panels individually with 
foo[column, row], and using a list to determine which get displayed (instead
of using skip because I can't get skip to work). Would I be able to set the
xlim values in a similar way?

foo[1,]$ylim<-newvalues  to set a whole columns ylims (e.g by data range of
y in conditioning variable 2 (subject in my case)) and 


to get a whole rows xlims by the data range of x in each level of
conditioning variable 1 (Epoch in my formula))? If so, what attribute should
I access, and if not what would you recommend?

I've been reading posts, working examples in Venables & Ripley 4th Ed., and
experimenting with different things for the last 4 days. I'm still not used
to the lattice terminology, so I could have easily miss interpreted what
something was meant for (example- prepanel makes no sense to me yet).
Conversely, I got a lot farther, a lot faster, using Lattice than I did
using plot or ts.plot. In addition to a much shorter list of attributes that
don't make sense to me yet than otherwise, I have been really tickled with
the Lattice package. 

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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