[R] Plotting 3d surfaces

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 21:41:17 CET 2010

On 09/12/2010 11:20 AM, Uwe Wolfram wrote:
> Dear Subscribers,
> I am using R for quite a while nowadays on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I a using R
> for doing my statistics. Furthermore I am using it as a tool to generate
> the graphics for my publications.
> I am currently working on a project which involves nls-fits of three
> dimensional surfaces such as ellipsoids or even more complex. I have
> been searching R help and the manuals for a possibility to plot these
> surfaces. Is there any package in R that allows plotting something like
> this:
> http://uwwo.in-chemnitz.de/R-Problem/tsai-wu-principal-strain.pdf
> This plot was generated using Mathematicas ContourPlot3D function. I
> would love to be able to plot this in R. However, I could not find
> something which could this.
> Thanks a million for the help!

As others have mentioned, rgl can plot surfaces.  You might want to also 
look at misc3d, which can compute 3d contours to be plotted by rgl (or 
other graphics systems).

Duncan Murdoch

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