[Rd] boxplot and bxp do not respect xlim by default (PR#9754)

From: <s.ellison_at_lgc.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 14:16:53 +0200 (CEST)

Full_Name: Steve Ellison
Version: 2.4.1
OS: Windows, Linux
Submission from: (NULL) (

bxp() allows specifcation of box locations with at=, but neither adjusts xlim= to fit at nor does it respect xlim provided explicitly.

This is because bxp() now includes explicit xlim as c(0.5, n+0.5), without checking for explicitly supplied xlim (or ylim if horizontal).

This also prevents simple added plots (eg if add=T, with at=(1:n)+0.5, the last box is partly off the plot.

The 'offending' code is in bxp:

    if (!add) {

        if (horizontal) 
            plot.window(ylim = c(0.5, n + 0.5), xlim = ylim, 
                log = log, xaxs = pars$yaxs)
        else plot.window(xlim = c(0.5, n + 0.5), ylim = ylim, 
            log = log, yaxs = pars$yaxs)


Suggested fix:

   if (!add) {

	bxp.limits <- if(!is.null(at)) {
              c(at[1]-(at[2]-at[1])/2, at[n]+(at[n]-at[n-1])/2 ) 
           } else {
              c(0.5, n + 0.5)
        if (horizontal) 
            plot.window(ylim = if(is.null(pars$xlim)) bxp.limits else
                      xlim = ylim, log = log, xaxs = pars$yaxs)
        else plot.window(xlim = if(is.null(pars$xlim)) bxp.limits else
                      ylim = ylim, log = log, yaxs = pars$yaxs)


This retains the current defaults for xlim with at unspecified but allows explicit specification of xlim. (which is the grouping level axis whether horizontal or vertical).

I've tested the above as far as producing a modified bxp and plotting a boxplot object, but have not tried calling direct from boxplot. boxplot() should, however, not need modification as xlim and ylim are, I believe, passed via the namedargs list in the bxp call.

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