Re: [R] par(mfrow=c(4,2)) vs. lattice

From: Bert Gunter <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:26:11 -0700

FWIW: I use lattice exclusively. One difference from the mfrow approach is that lattice automatically provides (if desired) the same scaling on all plots, necessary to make visual comparisons. It also provides an easy way to appropriately label and and arrange the plots, as well as to provide standard enhancements (e.g. a benchmark curve or line on all graphs) on all. Again, this makes visual comparison among the plots possible, which is what I mostly have to do. Customizable panel functions give me all the flexibility and control I need. Generally, it's not hard to write your own, using the extensive building blocks Deepayan has provided.

All of this is possible through mfrow of course --- you just have to do it manually. Lattice makes it easy (for me!).

Note: there **is** a considerable learning curve, but Deepayan has done an exemplary job of documenting lattice, and his new book is a well-written and extensive resource for self-learning (all IMHO, of course).

Just my $.02.


Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Statistics

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From: [] On Behalf Of stephen sefick
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:10 AM
Subject: [R] par(mfrow=c(4,2)) vs. lattice

I have had good sucess with the par(mfrow=c(#,#)) for formating graphs and they look good to me. I have seen a lot of use of the lattice package and thought I would go fishing on the list for y'all's comments. Is there a time when lattice would be easier more appropriate for certain graphics over par(mfrow(#,#)).
Just wondering


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