[R] par(new=TRUE) vs par(new=FALSE)

From: Dirk Enzmann <dirk.enzmann_at_jura.uni-hamburg.de>
Date: Tue 15 Mar 2005 - 05:13:49 EST

Just out of curiosity (and I hope that my question does not confuse those who intuitively understood the par(new=TRUE) statement right in the beginning):

I would like to know whether beginners (learning R) had the same difficulty as I had: Intuitively I thought that par(new=TRUE) would draw a new plot (and not into an already existing plot) and that par(new=FALSE) would not draw a new plot but draw into an already existing plot - opposed to what the par(new=TRUE) statement actually does. (It would be interesting to receive an answer also from those who meanwhile reached an expert status in working with the R syntax). Perhaps my confusion is due to the fact that I am a trained right-handed that really is a left-handed (those people tend to mistake contrasts).

If there are a lot of people having this difficulty, I would like to know why the decision was made to define the mode of action of the par(new=TRUE) statement as it is now. Perhaps that helps me to understand better the way programmers tend to think.

Dr. Dirk Enzmann
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