[R] Vertical boxplot with a continuous X axis

Sebastien Bihorel sebastien.bihorel at cognigencorp.com
Sat Feb 25 03:16:29 CET 2017

Thanks for your reply

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bert Gunter" <bgunter.4567 at gmail.com>
To: "Sebastien Bihorel" <sebastien.bihorel at cognigencorp.com>
Cc: "R-help" <r-help at r-project.org>
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 2:01:36 AM
Subject: Re: [R] Vertical boxplot with a continuous X axis


The linked post is unclear: two of the rows have the same age, so
should there be 10 boxplots for the 10 rows or 9 for the 9 different
ages? I assumed the latter, as otherwise how could one disciminate
rows with the same age that have overlapping values?

For lattice, I just used age as the group= parameter to group by ages
and used panel.bwplot for the panel.groups function. My "aesthetics"
are different than shown in the linked post, but can be altered in
lattice through the panel.bwplot and par.settings parameters as
described in ?panel.bwplot:

   y <- unlist(df[,-11])
   age <- rep(df[,"age"],10) ## Could be done programatically
   xyplot(y~age, groups = age,
          panel = function(...){
             panel.abline(h = seq(40,65, by=5),
                          v = seq(30,70, by =5),
          panel.groups = function(x,y,...)
                panel.bwplot(x,y,horiz=FALSE,fill = "lightgray",
                        pch = 16, cex=.7,col= "black",box.width = 1.5),
          par.settings =list(box.rectangle = list(col="black"))

However, note that this too could produce a hopeless mishmosh if the
ages are close together so that the boxplots overlap; or you could end
up getting nearly invisible skinny boxes, as in the plot shown in the
linked post.  So on the whole, I think you are better off treating the
ages as a factor and thereby separating them, e.g.

   bwplot(y~age, fill = "lightgray", horiz = FALSE,
          panel = function(...){
             panel.abline(h = seq(40,65, by=5),col="lightgray")
          scales = list(x= list(lab = sort(unique(age)))),
          par.settings =list(box.rectangle = list(col="black"))


Bert Gunter

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On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Sebastien Bihorel
<sebastien.bihorel at cognigencorp.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Can the boxplot design illustrated in the post (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/39849459/how-to-create-boxplots-with-a-continuous-x-axis-in-r) be reproduced with lattice or a lattice-derived function?
> Thank you
> Sebastien
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