# Re: [R] Impaired boxplot functionality - mean instead of median

From: Evgeniy Kachalin <ka4alin_at_yandex.ru>
Date: Fri 02 Dec 2005 - 07:37:20 EST

Marc Schwartz (via MN) пишет:
>>Marc Schwartz (via MN) пишет:

```>>So plotmeans is incapable of: boxplot(numerical~fact1+fact2). Is there
>>any way further?
```

>
>
> I think that somehow we are talking past each other here.
>
> plotmeans() does what it is designed to do, which is to simplify the
> process of plotting group-wise point estimates and user defined error
> bars/intervals around the point estimates.
>
> In your case, these intervals would be standard deviations around each
> of the group means as you have indicated.
>
> Review the examples in ?plotmeans.
>
> As Martin and others have pointed out, you need to remove boxplots from
> the equation here, as they were not designed to plot means and standard
> deviations.
>

Again, what I'm talking about: plotmeans is incapable of analyzing the formula. For example, I have two factors: A - a, b, c, and B - d, e, f.

If i plot: boxplot(num~A+B) what do I get? Eight boxes: ad, ae, af, ba, be, bf, cd, ce, cf. If I plot: plotmeans(num~A+B) - what do I get? Nothing. Because plotmeans cannot combine two factors in various combination. Is there a simple way to do it?

Anyway... That's wrong way, all what is neccessary is to have a boxplot with mean istead of median. Is there simple way to do it?

Statistical software like Statistica 7.0 offers any possible combination of what "Boxplot" could mean. Is it possible to have only one modification to R's boxplot?