[R] Plotting a segmented function

Jacob van Wyk jlvw at na.rau.ac.za
Thu Mar 30 08:46:30 CEST 2006

This might be a trivial question, but I would appreciate if anybody
could suggest an elegant way of plotting a function such as the
following (a simple distribution function):
F(x) = 0 if x<=0
       =(x^2)/2 if 0<x<=1
       =2x-((x^2)/2)-1 if 1<x<=2
       =1 if x>2
This is just an example. In this case it is a continuous function. But
how to do it in general in an elegant way.
I've done the following:
x1 <- seq(-1,0,.01)
f1 <- rep(0,101)
x2 <- seq(0,1,.01)
f2 <- 0.5*(x2^2)
x3 <- seq(1,2,.01)
f3 <- (2*x3)-(0.5*(x3^2))-1
x4 <- seq(2,3,.01)
f4 <- rep(1,101)
x <- c(x1,x2,x3,x4)
F <- c(f1,f2,f3,f4)

But this seems very cumbersome.
Any help is much appreciated.


Jacob L van Wyk
Department of Statistics
University of Johannesburg APK
P O Box 524
Auckland Park 2006
South Africa
Tel: +27-11-489-3080
Fax: +27-11-489-2832

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