[R] contour lines on persp plot

Jack Siegrist jacksie at eden.rutgers.edu
Wed May 27 19:41:54 CEST 2009

Hello folks,

I am a beginner R user. I have been able to make a 3D surface plot using
'persp'. The surface is made by a grid of lines emanating perpendicularly
from each of the x and y axes at regular intervals.

I can get rid of that grid by setting 'border=NA'.

Can anyone suggest some ways to replace the grid with contour lines, to
create a 3-dimensional contour map?

Thanks for any help.

Here is an example of what I have so far:

#to create a perspective plot; plots funct. across all combos of x and y

fn<-function(x,y){sin(x)+2*y} #this looks like a corrugated tin roof

x<-seq(from=1,to=100,by=1) #generates a list of x values to sample
y<-seq(from=1,to=100,by=1) #generates a list of y values to sample

z<-outer(x,y,FUN=fn) #applies the funct. across the combos of x and y

persp(z,col='lightgray',shade=.5,border=NA,) #plots without gridlines

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