[R] LaTeX consistent publication graphics from R and Comparison of GLE and R

Frank Harrell f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Sat Oct 6 15:14:56 CEST 2012

Hi Marc,

It would be interesting to compare with tikz for ease of use.

As an aside I've been wishing that someone would write an R function for
creating clinical trial disposition charts using tikz or pstricks ...


Marc Schwartz-3 wrote
> On Oct 5, 2012, at 3:32 PM, clangkamp <

> christian.langkamp@

> > wrote:
>> Hi Everyone
>> I am at the moment preparing my thesis and am looking at producing a few
>> Organigrams / Flow charts (unrelated to the calculations in R) as well as
>> a
>> range of charts (barcharts, histograms, ...) based on calculations in R. 
>> For the Organigrams I am looking at an Opensource package called GLE at
>> sourceforge, which produces the text part in Latex figures which is very
>> neat and also in the same style of the thesis, which I wrote in LaTeX. It
>> also offers a range of graphical features, and I am quite tempted.
>> It also produces barcharts and histograms with the options of legends
>> etc. I
>> have done most of my graphs so far with R, but with Organigrams and flow
>> charts I am at a loss (A pointer here would also be very welcome). For
>> some
>> charts I have used MS Visio, but it would be convenient to use just one
>> program for graphing throughout the thesis (i.e. same colour coding
>> etc.).
>> Does anybody have any experience with GLE, ideally working with it with
>> CSV
>> tables generated within R ? Or does there exist another way to generate
>> 'visually LaTeX consistent' graphics within R ?
>> Any takers ?
> If you are comfortable in LaTeX, I would suggest that you look at
> PSTricks:
>   http://tug.org/PSTricks/main.cgi
> I use that for creating subject disposition flow charts for clinical
> trials with Sweave. I can then use \Sexpr{}'s to fill in various
> annotations in the boxes, etc. so that all content is programmatically
> created in a reproducible fashion.
> There are some examples of flow charts and tree diagrams here:
> http://tug.org/PSTricks/main.cgi?file=pst-node/psmatrix/psmatrix#flowchart
> and there are various other online resources for using PSTricks.
> Keep in mind that since this is PostScript based, you need to use a latex
> + dvips + ps2pdf sequence, rather than just pdflatex.
> Regards,
> Marc Schwartz
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Frank Harrell
Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University
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