Re: [R] heatmap color distribution

From: Jake Michaelson <>
Date: Fri 22 Jul 2005 - 00:44:48 EST

Thanks for the reply. As I understand it, "breaks" only controls the binning. The problem I'm having is that each subset heatmap has slightly different min and max log2 intensities. I'd like the colors to be based on the overall (complete set) max and min, not the subsets' max and min -- I could be wrong, but I don't think "breaks" will help me there. And you're right - this might obscure some of the trends/features, but we'll also plot the "default" heatmaps.

Also (I should have specified) I'm using heatmap.2.



On Jul 21, 2005, at 8:09 AM, Wiener, Matthew wrote:

> You can use the "breaks" argument in image to do this. (You don't
> specify a
> function you're using, but other heatmap functions probably have a
> similar
> parameter.) Look across all your data, figure out the ranges you want
> to
> have different colors, and specify the appropriate break points in
> each call
> to image. Then you're using the same color set in each one. You run
> the
> risk, of course, that some of your images will have a very narrow color
> range, which might obscure interesting features. But nothing stops
> you from
> making more than one plot.
> Hope this helps.
> Regards,
> Matt Wiener
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Jacob Michaelson
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> Subject: [R] heatmap color distribution
> Hi all,
> I've got a set of gene expression data, and I'm plotting several
> heatmaps for subsets of the whole set. I'd like the heatmaps to have
> the same color distribution, so that comparisons may be made
> (roughly) across heatmaps; this would require that the color
> distribution and distance functions be based on the entire dataset,
> rather than on individual subsets. Does anyone know how to do this?
> Thanks in advance,
> Jake
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