Re: [R] Dateticks

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed 15 Jun 2005 - 08:02:55 EST

On 6/14/05, Bernard L. Dillard <bld@math.umd.edu> wrote:
> Hello. I am having the worst time converting x-axis date ticks to real
> dates. I have tried several suggestions in online help tips and books to
> no avail.
>
> For example, the x-axis has 0, 50, 100, etc, and I want it to have
> "6/17/03", "8/6/03" etc. See attached (sample).
>
> Can anybody help me with this.
>
> Here's my code:
>
> ts.plot(date.attackmode.table[,1], type="l", col="blue", lty=2,ylab="IED
> Attacks", lwd=2,xlab="Attack Dates",main="Daily Summary of Attack
> Mode")
> grid()
>

The default format for dates in chron is the one needed here so let us use that. (We could alternately use Date class in defining tt and specify a format string as a second argument to format in the last line.)

library(chron)

# test data. values are in y and times are in tt. y <- rnorm(201)
tt <- chron("8/6/03") + seq(0, length = length(y))

# plot without axis
plot(tt, y, xaxt = "n")

# axis with ticks and labels every 50 days idx50 <- seq(1, length(tt), 50)
axis(1, tt[idx50], format(tt[idx50]), cex.axis = 0.5)

or, to use Date class replace with this:

tt <- as.Date("2003-08-06") + seq(0, length = length(y)) plot(tt, y, xaxt = "n")
idx50 <- seq(1, length(tt), 50)
axis(1, tt[idx50], format(tt[idx50], "%m/%d/%y), cex.axis = 0.5)

More info on working with dates is in R News 4/1.



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