[Rd] wishlist item: symbols() to accept asp argument? (PR#5328)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 26 18:22:43 MET 2003

It's rather your peculiar example.  If you give more than one circle,
asp=1 is accepted and does work (with warnings).

Symbols is not designed for one symbol (as its name says), and the way it
sets up xlim and ylim in the R code asp=1 does not work for a single
symbol.  In the same way plot(10, asp=1) does not work (and for the same

That's not to say that it could not be fixed, but the issue is not that
asp does not work with symbols() but rather that plot(10, asp=1) does not 

Arrows is designed to work with vector too ....

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 stephen at inf.ed.ac.uk wrote:

> Here is a potential wishlist item for adding an argument (asp) to
> symbols().  The following code produces a postscript file with two
> pages; both should show a circle of radius 2 units.  Horizonal and
> vertical arrows are drawn to check that the circle is of the correct
> radius; in the first plot, the circle is wrong.  To fix this, I found
> that I needed to first set up the plot bounds, using xlim, ylim and
> setting asp=1 so that the units are of the same size.  (Below uses the
> postscript driver, but I get similar results using x11() device.)
> postscript(file="circles.ps")
> symbols(x=6, y=6, circles=2, inches=F)
> arrows( 6, 6, 8, 6)       #horiz radius, OK
> arrows( 6, 6, 6, 8)       #vert  radius, not OK.
> ## better version, but must set up axes first, and guess ylim
> plot(NA, xlim=c(1,10), ylim=c(4,10), asp=1)
> symbols(x=6, y=6, circles=2, inches=F, xlim=c(1,10), add=T)
> arrows( 6, 6, 8, 6)       #horiz radius, OK
> arrows( 6, 6, 6, 8)       #vert  radius, OK.
> dev.off()
> My suggestion is whether asp can be set within symbols(), such that
>   symbols(x=6, y=6, circles=2, inches=F, asp=1)
> would then ensure that the circle is drawn correctly.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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