Re: [R] ggplot2 argument handling odd

From: Sebastian Weber <>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 08:26:21 +0100


> In this case you are better off moving away from qplot (which does
> various substitute tricks to assemble the named variables in a data
> frame) to a more explicit form of ggplot:
> pl2[[obs]] <- ggplot(cData, aes_string(x="x3", y=obs)) + geom_point()
> + opts(title = obs)

Ok, I will try that, thanks. BTW, where is this aes_string option documented, sounds useful? How could I do the same thing with facetting? If I want to save something like ". ~ groupVar" as a string in a variable, could I pass it with facet_string to ggplot?

But anyway, I would be curious how to do it with qplot. The basic question is: How to pass the string of a variable to a function which is supposed to interpret it. Aka:

var <- "magicVar"


doSomeMagic should then write magicVar at the place.


Sebastian Weber

> Hadley
> mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Thu 27 Mar 2008 - 07:31:10 GMT

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