Re: [R] x axis

From: Marc Schwartz <MSchwartz_at_mn.rr.com>
Date: Wed 21 Dec 2005 - 01:33:32 EST

On Tue, 2005-12-20 at 12:56 +0100, Michela Ballardini wrote:
> Hello,
> I write to know how can I modify the x axis : when I plot a survival
> object, R plots a graph with x values = 0, 10, 20, 30 while I want a
> graph with values 0, 6, 12, 18, 24 in the x axis. How can I do this?
> In R 2.1.1 version there was "time.inc" in survplot, but in version R
> 2.2.0 there isn't it!
>
> I am sorry for my english and I hope that you understand my problem.
>
> Thank you
> Michela

I suspect that you are confusing the arguments available for plot.survfit() which is in the 'survival' package as part of the standard R installation, with survplot() which is in Frank Harrell's 'Design' package, which needs to be installed from CRAN.

The former does not have a 'time.inc' argument, while the latter does (and still does).

You probably need to install Design in your updated R installation, since under Windows (from your e-mail headers), R is installed in version specific directories.

Then be sure to use library(Design) before using survplot().

Even with plot.survfit(), one can adjust the x axis labels by using something like the following (an example from ?plot.survfit):

leukemia.surv <- survfit(Surv(time, status) ~ x, data = aml)

# Now compare the default labels here:
plot(leukemia.surv, lty = 2:3)

# With these:

# Set 'xaxt = "n"' so the x axis is not drawn plot(leukemia.surv, lty = 2:3, xaxt = "n")

# Now draw x axis with labels every 6 months # Make the font smaller to fit in this example axis(1, at = seq(0, 172, 6), cex.axis = 0.5)

HTH, Marc Schwartz



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