[R] Lattice xyplot

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Mon May 1 16:34:09 CEST 2017

Yes. type = "l" connects the points in the order given in the data, so
if the x's are not already ordered, the plots will be different after
ordering the x's.


> x <- c(3,1,2,4,6,5)
> y <- 11:16
> xyplot(y~x. type = "l")

As for why ... that's just the way it was designed. You can always
order the data first, if you don't want this default.


Bert Gunter

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On Sun, Apr 30, 2017 at 6:07 PM, array chip via R-help
<r-help at r-project.org> wrote:
> Dear all, I am new to lattice, so would appreciate anyone's help on the questions below. I am using xyplot to plot some trend in my dataset. Using the example dataset attached, I am trying to plot variable "y" over variable "time" for each subject "id":
> dat<-read.table("dat.txt",sep='\t',header=T,row.names=NULL)
> xyplot(y ~ time, data=dat, groups=id, aspect = "fill", type = c("p", "l"),  xlab = "Time", ylab = "Y")
> It appears that it just worked fine. But if I sort the "dat" first, the plot will look somewhat different!
> dat<-dat[order(dat$id, dat$time),]xyplot(y ~ time, data=dat, groups=id, aspect = "fill", type = c("p", "l"),  xlab = "Time", ylab = "Y")
> Why is that? Do you need to sort the data first before using xyplot? Why xyplot can not understand the dataset unless it is sorted first?
> Thanks,
> John
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