[R] to draw a smooth arc

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 1 18:04:50 CEST 2007

On Tue, 1 May 2007, Greg Snow wrote:

> Here is an approach that clips the circle you like from symbols down to
> an arc (this will work as long as the arc is less than half a circle,
> for arcs greater than half a circle, you could draw the whole circle
> then use this to draw an arc of the bacground color over the section you
> don't want):
> library(TeachingDemos)
> plot(-5:5, -5:5, type='n')
> clipplot( symbols(0,0,circles=2, add=TRUE), c(0,5), c(0,5) )

I had considered this approach: clipping a circle to a rectangle isn't 
strictly an arc, as will be clear if the line width is large.

clipplot(symbols(0, 0 ,circles=2, add=TRUE, lwd=5), c(-1,5), c(-1,5))

Note too that what happens with clipping is device-dependent.  If R's 
internal clipping is used, the part-circle is converted to a polygon.

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