[R] Drawing multiple plots on one page for publication.

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 5 07:28:08 CEST 2004

On Wed, 4 Aug 2004, Zach Hu wrote:

> I have been using R for a while but only recently tried to draw quality
> plots for publications.  I spent a few days tried to figure out how to
> draw multiple plots on a single page to a postscript or pdf file but not
> successful.  The drawing is perfect OK if it is displayed on the screen
> using x11() device.  E.g.
> x11()
> par(mfrow=c(2,2))
> par(mai=c(0.5,0.3, 0.6, 0.4))
> plot(x, y, ..........)
> plot(x, z ...........)
> plot(z, y,...........)
> plot(z+x, x-y, .....)
> Four plots displayed on the screen when X-Win32 was set up.  Please
> advice how can I save this to a postscript or PDF file or any kind of
> file for publication and powerpoint slide?

Just replace `x11()' by `postscript()' or `pdf()': you may want to set the 
width, height and pointsize suitably.

[You can use dev.copy2eps to copy the screen, but for publication-quality 
plots should should replot on the desired end device to use the correct 
font metrics.]

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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