[R] Opinion on R plots: connecting X and Y

Clint Bowman clint at ecy.wa.gov
Fri Apr 20 23:19:38 CEST 2007

Okay, Brant.  It's Friday and I'm opinionated.  Since the plotted data
extend to lower values on both axes that 'n' draws them, I like 'l'


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On Fri, 20 Apr 2007, Inman, Brant A.   M.D. wrote:

> Attention R users, especially those that are experienced enough to be
> opinionated, I need your input.
> Consider the following simple plot:
> x <- rnorm(100)
> y <- rnorm(100)
> plot(x, y, bty='n')
> A colleague (and dreaded SAS user) commented that she thought that my
> plots could be "cleaned up" by connecting the X and Y axes.  I know that
> I can do that with bty='l' but I don't want to, I find that the plots
> look less cluttered with disjoint axes.
> However, I was intrigued enough by her comments that I decided to
> solicit the opinions of others on this issue.  Are there principled
> reasons why one should prefer joined axes or disjoint axes?
> Brant Inman
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