# [R] parallel coordinate plot showing density of curves

Michael Friendly friendly at yorku.ca
Tue Feb 4 02:41:48 CET 2014

```Given a set of numeric variables and a group factor, as in the iris data
used below,
I`d like to show a parallel coordinate plot, where instead of trace
lines, I want
to show something of the density distribution of the variable values for
each
group.

Some approximations to what I want are shown below, using lattice,
and simple techniques to show density *visually*, varying the amount
of "ink".

I'd like to know if there is a *statistical* implementation that would do
something like this, either in the lattice or ggplot2 families. (I'm sure
there is, but any help with syntax would be appreciated.)

library(lattice)
data("iris")

vnames <- c("Sepal\nLength", "Sepal\nWidth", "Petal\nLength",
"Petal\nWidth")
parallelplot(~iris[1:4], iris, groups = Species,
varnames = vnames,
horizontal.axis = FALSE, lwd=2,
col=c("red", "blue", "green3"))

# thicker line width
parallelplot(~iris[1:4], iris, groups = Species,
varnames = vnames,
horizontal.axis = FALSE, lwd=4,
col=c("red", "blue", "green3"))

#  use alpha-blennding
parallelplot(~iris[1:4], iris, groups = Species,
varnames = vnames,
horizontal.axis = FALSE, lwd=8,
col=c(rgb(1,0,0,.2), rgb(0,0,1,.2), rgb(0,205/255,0,.2) )
)

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