[R] shorthand for plotmath-annotation in certain font

Daniel Sabanés Bové daniel.sabanesbove at campus.lmu.de
Wed Aug 15 16:32:43 CEST 2007

Dear useRs,

I wanted to have a function that allows me to get the font.lab-font,
especially italic font,
in plotmath-annotation. Consulting the R-Help-list did not reveal a
but other requests, so I wrote a little function, which I would like to

## code begin

math <- function (..., font = par ("font.lab"))
    ## unpack dot-dot-dot argument
    dots <- as.list (substitute (...[]))
    dots <- dots[2:(length (dots) - 1)]

    ## font extension
    font <- switch (font, "plain", "bold", "italic", "bolditalic")
    dots <- paste (font, "(", dots, ")")

    ## parse and build expression
    do.call ("expression", as.list (parse (text = dots)))

## code end

Using this function, you can abbreviate the annotation work, a
small example:

## code begin

r <- rexp (100)
theta <- runif (100, 0, 2*pi)
group <- sample (1:4, 100, replace = TRUE)
par (font.lab = 4)
plot (r * cos (theta), r * sin (theta),
      xlab = math (r %*% cos (theta)), ylab = math (r %*% sin (theta)),
      pch = group)
legend ("topleft", title = "group",
        legend = math (15 * alpha, 37 * beta, gamma + v[1], delta %/% d),
        pch = 1:4)

## code end

Note that cos and sin are no "built-in" functions that plotmath can
they are thus bolditalic as well. Using font = 3 meaning "italic" and
using the
Computer Math Symbol Adobe-Symbol-encoded fonts (cmsyase) developed by
Paul Murrell
(see http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~paul/R/CM/CMR.html), you can produce
annotation that resembles that of the gold-standard LaTeX quite well.

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