Re: [R] plotting other axes for PCA

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:35:41 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 18 Jan 2008, Silvia Lomascolo wrote:

> Hi R-community,
> I am doing a PCA and I need plots for different combinations of axes (e.g.,
> PC1 vs PC3, and PC2 vs PC3) with the arrows indicating the loadings of each
> variables. What I need is exactly what I get using biplot (pca.object) but
> for other axes.

The prcomp and princomp methods of biplot() have argument 'choices' that does exactly what you seem to be asking for.

> I have plotted PC2 and 3 using the scores of the cases, but I don't get the
> arrows proportional to the loadings of each variables on each axis.
> Any hints on this?
> Thanks, Silvia.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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