[R] Hunting a histogram variant

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at temple.edu
Thu Jun 22 06:29:57 CEST 2017

Two things to look at are

which shows seasonal subseries plotted on an overall plot.
The parallel to your example is small histograms plotted on an overall plot.
That goes back (through the reference in the Blue Book (Becker,
Chambers, and Wilks)) to
Bill Cleveland and Irma Terpenning in JASA 77, 377, 52-62 (1982).

Starting from scratch I would be inclined to build your design
directly in grid, to place the
subgraphs in the main graph, and then I would use lattice to design
the subgraphs.
See Paul Murrell's book Figure 7.18 (First Edition) showing plots of
temperature for
cities in Australia.


On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 12:01 AM, S Ellison <S.Ellison at lgcgroup.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for a histogram variant in which data points are plotted as labelled rectangles 'piled up' to form a histogram. I've posted an example at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ozi8bhdn5kqaufm/labelled_histogram.png?dl=0
> It seems to have a long pedigree, as I see it (as in this example) in documents going back beyond the '80s. But I've not seen it in recent textbooks. So it may be one of those older graphical displays that's just fallen out of use.
> General questions:
> i) Does this thing have a name?
> ii) Can anyone point me to a literature source for it?
> ... and the R question:
> ii) Is it already hiding somewhere in an R package?*
> S Ellison
> *If it's not, I'll be adding it to one, hence the hunt for due credit/sources
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