Re: [R] Make plots with GNUplot. Have anyone tried that?

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 14:21:03 +0100

>>>>> "LH" == Louise Hoffman <louise.hoffman_at_gmail.com> >>>>> on Sat, 1 Mar 2008 00:54:56 +0100 writes:

>> If you still want to then read ?write.table, that can export your data
>> into a spreadsheet-like ascii format which can be used from GNUplot
>> easily.

    LH> Very interesting.

    LH> So if I e.g. write:
    LH> ts.sim <- arima.sim(list(order = c(1,1,0), ar = 0.7), n = 200)
    LH> ts.plot(ts.sim)

    LH> How do I know the names of the rows to put in the data.frame() command?

>> Btw, comparing the graphics capabilities of GNUplot and R, it is
>> something like a three-wheel bicycle and a spaceship. Guess
>> which is which.

    LH> =) I know that I will most likely spend a lot of time on just making     LH> the plots, but I atleast (for now =) ) think it could be fun to try.

if you make them with R, yes.

I wholeheartedly support Gabor's point:

I'd consider GNUplot to be clearly inferior to R -- just talking about the graphics possibilties and the quality / thoughtfulness in the high-level plotting.
If you have your data / objects / functions in R, I'm very strongly convinced that using GNUplot for plotting is ``the wrong'' approach by almost all definitions of "wrong".

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich



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