Re: [R] Axis/Ticks/Scale

From: Marc Schwartz (via MN) <mschwartz_at_mn.rr.com>
Date: Thu 29 Dec 2005 - 08:46:37 EST

On Wed, 2005-12-28 at 20:15 +0000, R.C.GILL@soton.ac.uk wrote:
> Dear All,
>
> Apologies for this simple question and thanks in advance for any help
> given.
>
> Suppose I wanted to plot 1 million observations and produce the
> command
>
> plot(rnorm(1000000))
>
> The labels of the xaxis are 0, e+00 2 e+05 etc. These are clearly not
> very
> attractive (The plots are for a PhD. thesis).
>
> I would like the axes to be 0,2,4,6,8,10 with a *10^5 on the right
> hand
> side.
>
> Is there a simple command for this?
>
> Best Wishes
>
> Roger

See ?plotmath for some additional examples and there are some others in the list archives.

 set.seed(1)
 x <- rnorm(1000000)

 # Now do the plot, but leave the x axis blank  plot(x, xaxt = "n")

 # Set the x axis label tick marks
 x.at <- seq(0, 10, 2) * 10 ^ 5

 # Create the expressions for the tick mark labels
 # Using parse() takes the character vectors from paste()
 # and converts them to expressions for use in plotmath
 x.lab <- parse(text = paste(seq(0, 10, 2), "%*% 10^5"))

 # Now do the axis labels
 axis(1, at = x.at, labels = x.lab)

HTH, Marc Schwartz



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