Re: [R] combining bar and column graphs?

From: Michael Kubovy <>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 09:52:07 -0400


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On May 11, 2008, at 11:56 AM, Me wrote:

> Hi, I'm hoping to find out whether R, or an R add-on, can generate a
> particular type of graph. And, more basically, whether such a type
> of graph even makes sense.
> I'm looking for something resembling both a column chart and a bar
> chart, where the basic visual "unit" is a solid rectangle of color
> that can be extended either horizontally, vertically, or both. The
> data that needs to be graphed consists of the relative contributions
> of a number (6 or 8) of companies (entities, whatever) to a common
> fund, over the course of a number of years (say, 1990-2008). I'm
> picturing years on the X-axis, and dollar amounts on the Y-axis
> (say, $0-$100,000). From a "temporal" perspective, every year will
> have at least one contributor, starting with dollar zero, but some
> years will have multiple contributors. From a "company"
> perspective, some companies will contribute, e.g., dollars $1,001-
> $5,000 for several years running, visually forming a horizontal
> "block" riding on top of whatever happens to be below.
> So as a simple example, between the years 2000 and 2001, Company A
> might inhabit a solid block extending from dollar zero to dollar
> 1000, two years wide. In year 2000, Company B might contribute
> dollars $1,001-$2,000, while right next door in year 2001, a
> different Company C might contribute dollars $1,001-$10,000.
> Is it possible to have this sort of horizontal/vertical chart
> generated automatically, or is this impossible? Do I need to
> generate a year-on-year column graph and manually elide the
> boundaries between companies' contributions in successive years,
> thus forming the horizontal "blocks" I have in mind manually? Is
> there perhaps another software tool that would be good for this?
> Thanks very much - this is a long question...
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