[R] determining the order in which points are plotted
ehlers at ucalgary.ca
Tue Jan 25 02:31:21 CET 2011
On 2011-01-24 16:39, Mike Miller wrote:
> On Mon, 24 Jan 2011, David Winsemius wrote:
>> On Jan 24, 2011, at 6:49 PM, Mike Miller wrote:
>>> I make plenty of scatterplots, especially using scatterplot.matrix from
>>> library(car). One thing I don't know how to do is determine which
>>> points are plotted last. Sometimes I plot a large number of points for
>>> multiple groups represented by different colors.
> Thanks for the tip. I guess I would make vectors for x, y and col in the
> desired order and the first elements would be plotted first:
> Graphical parameters ‘pch’, ‘col’, ‘bg’, ‘cex’ and ‘lwd’ can be
> vectors (which will be recycled as needed) giving a value for each
> point plotted. If lines are to be plotted (e.g. for ‘type = "b"’/
> the first element of ‘lwd’ is used.
> Suppose I'm plotting 10,000 points in a 10 x 10 scatterplot matrix
> (roughly what I'm actually doing). That's a total of 1 million points.
> It might take a while, but I can wait. However, I'm not sure how to get
> the coordinates right for additional points in a scatterplot matrix.
> Maybe I need to study that source code.
10 x 10 strikes me as pretty near the limit of usefulness of
a pairs plot. You might want to investigate the xysplom()
function in pkg:HH. You'll have to write your own panel
function, possibly subsetting your data with the scale()
> I did figure out recently how to use transparent points to get the axes
> right. Color "#ffffff00" does that trick for me -- that's white color
> with zero opaqueness, full transparency.
> Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
> Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research
> Department of Psychology
> University of Minnesota
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