[R] barplot as histogram

Jim Lemon jim at bitwrit.com.au
Sat Nov 5 05:01:34 CET 2011

On 11/05/2011 05:04 AM, Jesse Brown wrote:
> Hello:
> I'm dealing with an issue currently that I'm not sure the best way to
> approach. I've got a very large (10G+) dataset that I'm trying to create
> a histogram for. I don't seem to be able to use hist directly as I can
> not create an R vector of size greater than 2.2G. I considered
> condensing the data previous to loading it into R and just plotting the
> frequencies as a barplot; unfortunately, barplot does not support
> plotting the values according to a set of x-axis positions.
> What I have is something similar to:
> ys <- c(12,3,7,22,10)
> xs <- c(1,30,35,39,60)
> and I'd like the bars (ys) to appear at the positions described by xs. I
> can get this to work on smaller sets by filling zero values in for
> missing ys for the entire range of xs but in my case this would again
> create a vector too large for R.
> Is there another way to use the two vectors to create a simulated
> frequency histogram? Is there a way to create a histogram object (as
> returned by hist) from the condensed data so that plot would handle it
> correctly?
Hi Jesse,
I think that barp (plotrix) will get you out of trouble.


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