[R] legend in bubble plots made with symbols()

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Sat Mar 18 21:49:15 CET 2006

On Sat, 18 Mar 2006, Denis Chabot wrote:

> Hi,
> I have read about the use of symbols() to draw circles of different  
> sizes, but I have not been able to find out how to add a legend to  
> such a graph, legend that would display some specific sizes and their  
> meaning.
> Before finding the symbols function in Paul Murrell's book, I had  
> rolled by own function where the variable I want to use to control  
> circle size was actually used to control cex. I was able to draw a  
> legend afterward. Symbols seems a bit simpler and I wanted to see if  
> it would be better than my own function. But without legend it is  
> less useful. However I'm sure there is a way which I'm not aware of  
> to draw a legend for a plot drawn with symbols()...

There is a recent paper in JSS by Susumu Tanimura, Chusi Kuroiwa, and 
Tsutomu Mizota, including some legend code:


Volume 15, 2006, Issue 5

> Thanks in advance,
> Denis Chabot
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