[R] ggplot & annotating charts

From: simeon duckworth <simeonduckworth_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 14:49:07 +0000

Dear "R-listers"

I've been trying to figure out how to annotate charts in ggplot (ie add text to line charts, highlighted boxes etc). By and large, I can get close to what i want with base graphics, but would ideally like to use ggplot whenever possible (additionally, i would like to add text labels automatically to the chart). The code is below

I suspect I need to use geom_rect, but what is foxing me is how to set up the aes() parameters.

I'd be very grateful for any help





vix <-read.csv("

               header=T,sep=",", na.strings="") names(vix) <- tolower(names(vix))
vix$dates <- chron(as.character(vix$date),out.format="d-mon-y") vix.z <- zoo(vix[,-1],vix$dates)

# 1990 - 2003
vix.ar1 <- read.csv("C:/Data/MindShare/Recession/vixarchive.csv",

           header=T,sep=",", quote="",na.strings="n/a") names(vix.ar1) <- tolower(names(vix.ar1))

vix.ar1$dates <- chron(as.character(vix.ar1$date),out.format="d-mon-y")
vix.ar1.z <- zoo(vix.ar1[,-1],vix.ar1$dates)

op <- par(mar = c(6, 8, 6, 6) + 0.1)

gulf1 <- as.yearmon("1990-8-2")
gulf2 <- as.yearmon("1991-2-28")
asia1 <- as.yearmon("1997-9-11")
asia2 <- as.yearmon("1998-11-14")

sep1 <- as.yearmon("2001-9-11")
sep2 <- as.yearmon("2002-9-14")
crunch1 <- as.yearmon("2007-8-9")
crunch2 <- as.yearmon("2009-11-14")
plot(vix.close, type = "n",ylab="S&P500 volatility",

     xlab="Date",cex.axis=1.5,cex.lab=1.7,ylim=c(0,90) )

rect(gulf1, par("usr")[3], gulf2,
rect(asia1, par("usr")[3], asia2,
rect(sep1, par("usr")[3], sep2, par("usr")[4], col=rgb(195,188,175,maxColorValue=255),border=0) rect(crunch1, par("usr")[3], crunch2, par("usr")[4], col=rgb(195,188,175,maxColorValue=255), border = 0) lines(vix.close,lwd=3,col=rgb(45,12,75,maxColorValue=255)) title(main="US STOCK MARKET VOLATILITY 1962-2008 ",adj=0,cex.main=2.3)

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