[R] question on rgl.surface

From: Mark Kimpel <mwkimpel_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:48:54 -0400

I'd like to use rgl.surface (or some other function if more appropriate) to create a horizontal and vertical transparent grey slice (plane) running through both the x and y origins and extending across the z axis, i.e. the 3-d equivalent of the normal 2-d coordinate axes we are all familiar with. The examples for rgl.surface are a bit more complex than what I need and I am having trouble understanding them.

Here is the code if I come up with, but which obviously doesn't work.

d3.mat <- matrix(runif(30, min = -5, max = 5), ncol = 3, nrow = 10) open3d()
plot3d(x = d3.mat, type = "s", col = "blue", size = 0.33, xlab ="x", ylab = "y", zlab = "z")

x <- 0
y <- 0
z <- matrix(c(floor(min(d3.mat[,1])),ceiling(max(d3.mat[,1])),floor(min(d3.mat[,3])),ceiling(max(d3.mat[,3]))),nrow
= 2, ncol =2)
rgl.surface(x, z, y, color="grey", back="lines")

What am I doing wrong?

And, while I'm at it, there is another minor question I have, which is "how can I exaggerate the size difference in the spheres between front and back?"


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