Re: [Rd] Matplot does not work with x being POSIXt class (PR#9412)

From: Gregor Gorjanc <gregor.gorjanc_at_bfro.uni-lj.si>
Date: Thu 07 Dec 2006 - 21:19:11 GMT

Hi,

Don MacQueen wrote:
...
> At 1:56 PM +0100 12/7/06, gregor.gorjanc@bfro.uni-lj.si wrote:

>> Hi,
>>
>> Matplot works with x being Date class but not POSIXt. Here is the
>> example with R version 2.5.0 Under development (unstable) (2006-12-06
>> r40129)
>>
>> Example:
>>
>> x <- Sys.Date() - c(1:10)
>> y <- cbind(1:10, 10:1)
>> class(x)
>> ## [1] "Date"
>> matplot(x, y)
>>
>> x <- strptime(as.character(x), format="%Y-%m-%d")
>> ## [1] "POSIXt"  "POSIXlt"
>> matplot(x, y)
>> Error in matplot(x, y) : 'x' and 'y' must have only 1 or the same number
>> of columns
>>
>> Additionally, matplot with x being Date class does not use apropriate
>> annotation for x axis.

>
> This is very easy to obtain:
>
> # x is a Date object
> matplot(x,y,xaxt='n')
> axis.Date(1,x)
>
> or
>
> # x is a POSIXlt object
> matplot( as.POSIXct(x), y,xaxt='n')
> axis.POSIXct(1,x)
>
> So easy, in fact, that I personally would not expect R core to spend
> time on it. One of the virtues of R is that the language is so rich that
> little tweaks like this are often very easy.

Thank you Peter and Don for these insights. I see that changes would be far from trivial/tricky and as Don pointed out simple tweaks by the user can solve this.

Thank you and sorry for inconvenience!

Best wishes, Gregor



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