[R] Recipe: Print a Color Sampler

From: Ana Nelson <nelson.ana_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sun 22 Oct 2006 - 11:51:19 GMT

I wrote this to help me choose a suitable plot color. You can set the value of pch to whichever type of point you are using in your plot, and then you can see what the various colors will look like. When this plot it stretched to A4/Letter landscape it prints quite nicely, even though it will look very bunched up initially. I have only used this on my own machine which runs Apple OSX 10.4.

I included a getColorName() convenience function to retrieve the name of the color from its position in the colors() array which is printed next to the dot in the plot.

printColorSampler <- function() {

     i <- 1
     pch <- 20
     l <- length(colors())
     k <- ceiling(sqrt(l))

     plot(floor(i/k), i %% k, pch=pch, col=colors()[i], xlim=c(0,  
k*2), ylim=c(0, k), axes=FALSE, xlab="", ylab="")
     for (i in 2:length(colors())) {
     	x <- floor(i/k)*2
     	y <- i %% k
     	points(x, y, pch=pch, col=col)
     	text(x+0.5, y+0.2, i, col=col, cex=0.7)


getColorName <- function(colorNumber) {


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