[R] Substituting Greek symbols in some tick labels
dwinsemius at comcast.net
Fri Jul 5 08:31:19 CEST 2013
On Jul 4, 2013, at 8:14 PM, Eric Archer - NOAA Federal wrote:
> I have a character vector that I'm using to label ticks in a
> dotchart. Some
> of the elements in the vector have an asterisk (*) where a Greek Delta
> needs to be placed when the plot is generated. Here's a simple
> x <- 1:4
> x.lab <- c("a*a", "bbb", "c*c", "ddd")
> dotchart(x, labels = x.lab)
> The first and third labels should be 'a<Delta>a' and 'c<Delta>c'. I've
> tried things like,
> x.lab <- strsplit(x.lab, "[*]")
> x.lab <- lapply(x.lab, function(y) expression(paste(y, sep = Delta)))
The plotmath function paste has no sep argument.
Do you want to do this "by hand"? (Since you have not offered values
x.lab <- expression( a*Delta*a, bbb, c*Delta*c, ddd)
# Note use of "*" and no quotes in an expression vector.
x <- 1:4
dotchart(x, labels = x.lab)
> but because 'y' is unevaluated, the resulting list elements won't
> work as
> tick labels. I've tried to modify it by using bquote and substitute,
> couldn't get anything closer. Any suggestions? Thanks!
> Eric Archer, Ph.D.
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