Abilities of R for creating graphics is great, but one thing I always missed is the possibility of creating interactive plots and being able to look at graphs while changing one ore more parameters. I know that there is rggobi, but so far I always ran into problems with flexibility each time I wanted to use it. So I kept on searching until I found playwith which is “an R package, providing a GTK+ graphical user interface for editing and interacting with R plots” as its homepage says. The homepage includes a lot of screenshots with code snippets so this post doesn’t intend to give an extensive review about the possibilities of the playwith package to the reader. All I want to do now is present a small application of it. Continue reading ‘Playing with the ‘playwith’ package’
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Tags: fields, interactive plot, playwith, R.basic, rggobi
At the institute I’m working quite a lot of people prefer using Matlab and only a few of them know about R. Today one of my colleagues — who is also an eager user of Matlab — ran into the following problem:
- He had a vector in hand which consisted of elements.
- He wanted to reshape this data into an n×n matrix , where the element is equal to with and if the condition is satisfied and otherwise. In other words, the first th element of the th row of is equal to the vector and the remaining elements are zero.
He struggled for long minutes of how he should design a loop for doing this task. Of course writing such a loop is not a highly difficult task, but why would we waste our time, if we can get the same result in a single line of R code?
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Tags: Matlab, plotrix, R
Update (2014/08/24): Since October 2013 the pbapply package is available that has picked up the idea of integrating progress bars into the apply family of functions outlined in this post.
In a previous post I gave some examples of how to make a progress bar in R. In the examples the bars were created within loops. Very often though I have situations where I would like have a progress bar when using apply(). The plyr package provides several apply-like functions also including progress bars, so one could have a look here and use a plyr function instead of apply if possible. Anyway, here comes a wrapper for apply, lapply and sapply that has a progressbar. It seems to work although one known issue is the use of vectors (like c(1,2)with the MARGIN argument in apply_pb(). Also you can see in the performance comparison below that the wrapper causes overhead to a considerable extent, which is the main drawback of this approach. Continue reading ‘Progress bars in R (part II) – a wrapper for apply functions’
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Tags: apply, progress bar
Lately, David Smith from REvolution Computing set out to challenge the R community with the reprocuction of a beautiful choropleth map (= multiple regions map/thematic map) on US unemployment rates he had seen on the Flowing Data blog. Here you can find the impressing results. Being a fan of beautiful visualizations I tried to produce a similar map for Germany. Continue reading ‘Infomaps using R – Visualizing German unemployment rates by district on a map’
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Tags: maps, R, visualization
Most people using LaTex feel that creating tables is no fun. Some days ago I stumbled across a neat function written by Paul Johnson that produces LaTex code as well as LaTex code that can be used within Lyx. The output can be used for regression models and looks like output from the Stata outreg command. His R function that produces the LaTex code has the same name: outreg(). The outreg code can be found on his website or in the PDF copy of the code from his website.
I took the code, put it into a .rnw file and sweaved it. It worked like a charm and produced beautiful results (see the picture on the left and the PDF). Below you can find the code for the noweb file (.rnw). Latex code is colored grey, R-code is colored blue. Just have a look at all the results as a PDF file. Besides, Paul Johnson has also created a nice list of R-Tips that can be found on his website as well.
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Tags: LaTex, Lyx, regression, sweave, tables
Just a little note for german speaking R beginners: There is an introductory course in R (german) available online on the website of the department of methodology and evaluation research at the University of Jena. Dr. Ivailo Partchev holds a seven sessions course on that topic (duration 11.5 hours).
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R: Building functions – using default settings that can be modified via the dot-dot-dot / three point argument
Before you read this post, please have a look at Enrique’s comment below. He pointed out that the built-in R function modifyList() already does what I wanted to describe in this post. Well, I live to learn :)
I was wondering how I could write a function that uses default settings but accepts a list to overwrite the default settings via the dot-dot-dot / three-point argument. Here comes my solution.
# building a function with a list of default settings # that can be modified by an optional list passed # via the dot-dot-dot / three point argument
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Tags: building functions, dot-dot-dot