Re: [Rd] wishlist: par(ann=FALSE) applied to hist?

From: Ben Bolker <>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:58:06 -0400

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Aug 2008, Ben Bolker wrote:

>> par(ann=FALSE) appears to have no effect on
>> hist.default; it would be nice if it did ...
>> (boxplot, which plots via bxp, which calls
>> internal do_title, does -- in a quick search
>> I can't figure out where the value of ann
>> takes effect ...)

>> From the ?par:

> 'ann' If set to 'FALSE', high-level plotting functions calling
> 'plot.default' do not annotate the plots they produce with
> axis titles and overall titles. The default is to do
> annotation.
> So strictly this is correct, as plot.histogram does not call
> plot.default. The par is only used at R level, as a default for an
> argument in plot.default and never as an in-line parameter.

> So I think what you are asking for is a 'ann' argument to
> plot.histogram, which would then be passed down from hist(). The only
> issue then is if par("ann") should set the default, and the current
> documentation says not.
> Does that meet your needs?

   Hmm. I understand that this isn't a bug (I didn't claim it was) -- the ideal behavior would be for hist() to produce a plot without annotation when par("ann") was FALSE. That's distinct from hist(x,ann=FALSE) [which would be equivalent, I guess, to hist(x,xlab="",ylab="",main="")], which isn't as useful, unless the default were set to par("ann") ... (and yes, I realize that would change user-visible behavior). This isn't at all necessary, just something that would change R's behavior in the direction of my naive expectations (which I might share with other users ... ?)

     Ben mailing list Received on Tue 12 Aug 2008 - 19:06:39 GMT

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