Obama approval

July 12, 2009

(This article was first published on Learning R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Working some more with time series data. Here we have a graph of Obama job approval numbers, with two LOWESS-fit lines added for trending:

Figure1. President Obama job approval, Jan 2009 – present.

There’s actually some pretty fancy stuff going on there, as the following code shows.

polls <- read.table("/data/polls.txt", header=TRUE, sep = "\t") attach (polls) lfit1 <- lowess(app~daten, f=0.25)
lfit2 <- lowess(app~daten, f=0.75) plot (app~daten, ylim=c(40,80), xlim=c(-3,210),
pch=16, col=”gray”,

col.lab = “#777777″,
xlab=””,ylab=”Obama job approval (%)”, xaxt=”n”, yaxt=”n”)
lab=c(“Jan 09″,”Feb 09″,”Mar 09″,”Apr 09″,”May 09″,”Jun 09″,”Jul 09″, “Aug 09″),

col.lab=”#777777″, col.axis=”#777777″, tck=-0.02, cex.axis=0.75)
axis(2, at=c(40,50,60,70,80),
las=2, tck=-0.02,
lines(lfit1, col=”red”, lwd=3)
lines(lfit2, col=”blue”, lwd=3)

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