[R] automatically adjusting axis limits

Ben Bolker bolker at ufl.edu
Tue Oct 27 19:59:04 CET 2009

Sac-6 wrote:
> Dear R users,
> I am a newbie. Just switched from MATLAB. So thanks a lot for your
> patience.
> I have 50000 spectra collected in field. Each spectra has two columns :
> Wavelength (56) and the actual measurement.  
> Each measurement came in a different .txt file on disk (50000 files in
> total). I wrote a script that reads every spectra in a for loop and
> constructs two variables :
> Wavelength (56) and Reflectance (56x50000). I would like to plot
> Reflectance vs Wavelength i.e. overlay 50000 spectra one one top of the
> other.
> plot(Wavelength, Reflectance) does not work (Matlab would do it): 
> Error in xy.coords(x, y, xlabel, ylabel, log) : 
> 'x' and 'y' lengths differ
> I then tried to construct the two matrices so that they have the same size
> (56x50000) and plot it all at once with the command "plot". This works but
> it is such a computationally inefficient way that I do not want to do this
> Why redundantly store wavelength data? Later I will have to process much
> more spectra so this is not a good practice for me.
> I then decided to draw the first spectra on the first run of the for loop
> with the command "plot" and add the subsequent graphs with the command
> "lines". This works but the y-axes limits do not adjust automatically,
> leaving many spectra out of the axis limits  ;( 
> I don't want to set the axis limits by hand as I need this script to be
> completely autonomous. I don't want to program lines of code to calculate
> those limits myself either.... I am sure the mighty R can do it... BUT
> HOW???? (Matlab would easily do it with a single command) 
> What I need is a command that will redraw the graph by automatically
> adjusting the axis limits. I have been searching for many days on the web,
> forums and mailing list archives but I still don't know how to do it.
> Please help
> thanks a lot from advance for your kindly help
> Servet

oops, I wasn't reading carefully enough, you've already done all the hard


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