[R] ggplot2 dot chart-start at zero

Robert Baer rbaer at atsu.edu
Thu Mar 1 01:06:15 CET 2012

Not sure I'm interpreting what you want to do correctly, but how about:
> p2 <- pa + scale_x_continuous(limits=c(0,80))
> p2

-----Original Message----- 
From: John Kane
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:32 PM
To: r-help at r-project.org
Subject: [R] ggplot2 dot chart-start at zero

I am trying to create a simple dot-plot in ggplot2  with a solid line from 
the y-axis to the dot, something I first saw in Cleveland's 1984 book

What I would like is to have the graph start at zero on the x-axis but leave 
some space on the right side of the plot area.

I assumed that I should be able to do this with expand() in 
scale_x_continuous() but either I'm wrong or just don't understand what 
expand() is doing. So far, I see that scale_x_continuous(expand=c(0,0)) 
removes the space on the right and left. but I don't understand how to just 
get the left only to disappear.

Any help would be appreciated

Code below
xx<- structure(list(Food = c("Milk", "Bread", "Potatoes", "Rice"),
    Expense = c(25L, 49L, 34L, 15L)), .Names = c("Food", "Expense"
), class = "data.frame", row.names = c(NA, -4L))

p <- ggplot(xx, aes(Expense, Food))

pa <- p + geom_point(aes(Expense, Food, colour=Food)) +
       geom_segment(aes(x = 0, xend = Expense,
           y = Food, yend = Food,colour=Food)) +
       opts(legend.position = "none")

pa  # so far so good

p1 <- pa + scale_x_continuous(expand=c(0,0))

R version 2.13.1 (2011-07-08)
Platform: i686-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit)

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attached base packages:
[1] grid      stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods
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other attached packages:
[1] ggplot2_0.8.9 proto_0.3-9.2 reshape_0.8.4 plyr_1.7

John Kane
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