[R] Area Graphs

Leask, Graham g.leask at aston.ac.uk
Wed Jul 16 17:41:28 CEST 2014


I think you encapsulate my dilemma well. I could produce a graph
using Excel in 5 minutes but they look so boring and lack precision.

A key benefit of R is the ability to produce quality customised graphs.
I have the books by Tufte and Cleveland and perhaps there is a
better way to portray these data.

What I’m looking to do is to illustrate how several blocks of data change
distribution relative to one another over time but in a less boring way.

On 16 Jul 2014, at 16:30, Greg Snow <538280 at gmail.com> wrote:

> You ask: "Is there a way to produce good quality area graphs in R?"  I
> would modify that question a little and ask it back as:
> Is there a way to produce good quality area graphs?
> Consider the following:
>> library(fortunes)
>> fortune(197)
> If anything, there should be a Law: Thou Shalt Not Even Think Of Producing A
> Graph That Looks Like Anything From A Spreadsheet.
>   -- Ted Harding (in a discussion about producing graphics)
>      R-help (August 2007)
> (also possibly fortune(266))
> And also the books by Tufte and Cleveland.
> What information are you trying to convey/explore using area graphs?
> There is probably a better tool or set of tools to use.
> On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 7:51 AM, Leask, Graham <g.leask at aston.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Area graphs are a commonly used graphic in such software as Excel but I have been unable
>> to find any examples of their use using R.
>> Is there a way to produce good quality area graphs in R? If so I would greatly appreciate
>> being directed to the relevant package or a code example.
>> Any help will be greatly appreciated
>> Graham
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