[R] xyplot, groups and colors

Philipp Pagel p.pagel at wzw.tum.de
Fri Apr 8 14:06:56 CEST 2011

	Dear ExpeRts,

I am trying to plot a bunch of growth curves and would like to get
some more control over groups and line colors than I seem to have.


# make some data
dat <- Orange
dat$group <- ifelse(dat$Tree%in%c('1','4','5'), 'A', 'B')

# plot
xyplot(circumference~age, dat, groups=group)

# now use lines to make the growth curve more visible
xyplot(circumference~age, dat, groups=group, type='l')
# ugly, because of the 'return' lines

# to fix this set groups to Tree
xyplot(circumference~age, dat, groups=Tree, type='l')
# better, but now each Tree has its own color

Of course I can now use the col argument to manually assign the colors
by group but is there a more elegant way that I missed?


Dr. Philipp Pagel
Lehrstuhl für Genomorientierte Bioinformatik
Technische Universität München
Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan
Maximus-von-Imhof-Forum 3
85354 Freising, Germany

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