Re: [R] gap.barplot doesn't support data arrays?

From: Jim Lemon <>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 22:11:51 +1000

On 04/04/2011 11:39 PM, Andrew D. Steen wrote:
> I am trying to make a barplot with a broken axis using gap.barplot (in the
> indispensable plotrix package).

Aww, gee, you've won me.

> This works well when the data is a vector:
>> twogrp<-c(rnorm(10)+4,rnorm(10)+20)
>> gap.barplot(twogrp,gap=c(8,16),xlab="Index",ytics=c(3,6,17,20),ylab="Group
> values",main="Barplot with gap")
> But when the data is an array (for a bar plot with multiple series) I get an
> error and a strange plot with no y-tics and bars stretching downwards, as if
> all the values were negative:
>> twogrp2<-array(twogrp, dim=c(2,5))
> gap.barplot(twogrp2,gap=c(8,16),xlab="Index",ytics=c(3,6,17,20),ylab="Group
> values",main="Barplot with gap")
> Error in rect(xtics[bigones] - halfwidth, botgap, xtics[bigones] +
> halfwidth, :
> cannot mix zero-length and non-zero-length coordinates
> However, the main title and axis labels do appear correctly.
> Are data arrays unsupported for gap.barplot, or am I missing something?
Hi Drew,
You are right, as is Peter, gap.barplot doesn't support arrays, only vectors (I'll fix the docs). However, it wasn't too hard to whip up a rough but perhaps serviceable fix in the attached function. You may need to do some mods to the function to get exactly what you want. Try this:

# your twogrp2 left out the high values
gap.barp(twogrp2,gap=c(8,16),xlab="Index",ytics=c(3,6,17,20),   xtics=1:10,ylab="Groupvalues",main="Barplot with gap",col=2:3)

gap.barp returns the modified y values so that you can include the error bars.

To paraphrase the immortal P.J. O'Rourke,

"Perhaps R users shouldn't do some things in plots, but they certainly can do them"

Jim mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
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