[R] maps in R

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Mon Jun 25 20:10:24 CEST 2001

On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Claudia Tebaldi wrote:

> Hi everybody
> Does any of you know how to mimick the functionality of the Splus
> library "maps "  in R?
> I.E.:I'd like to draw contours of the US and individual states, and be
> able to overlay points by giving lat/long coordinates to points() or
> text() functions.  I'd be a happy camper with just the state-level
> resolution. . . .
A port to R without projection by Ray Brownrigg is available on:


with versions for Linux/Intel or Solaris/Sparc - it's largish, because it
includes the binary versions of the databases. It was last updated in
September 2000. It was first mentioned in r-help on 13 November 1999, with
the above address.

I can confirm that it works for 1.3.0 on RH7.0 Linux Intel:

> map('state')

Happy camping!


Roger Bivand
Economic Geography Section, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of
Economics and Business Administration, Breiviksveien 40, N-5045 Bergen,
Norway. voice: +47 55 95 93 55; fax +47 55 95 93 93
e-mail: Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
and: Department of Geography and Regional Development, University of
Gdansk, al. Mar. J. Pilsudskiego 46, PL-81 378 Gdynia, Poland.

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