Posts Tagged ‘ ggplot2 ’

Benchmarking matrix creation

October 23, 2012
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Benchmarking matrix creation

Sometimes it is useful to take a vector, or one column/row of a matrix, and build a new matrix of identical copies of that vector. There are lots of different ways to do this, but I just discovered a new, and very straightforward way to do this with m...

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Distribution of colors by flag

October 22, 2012
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Distribution of colors by flag

A story: We showed you how to use R to assess flag similarity and make a scatter plot of raster images. Dr. Wickham referred us to the set of 2400 flag icons made available by GoSquared, and then (probably jokingly) challenged us to replicate the cool...

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Adding a background to your ggplot

October 19, 2012
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Adding a background to your ggplot

I really enjoy using the DW-NOMINATE data for examples, as I do here. Sometimes it’s useful to indicate regions in the background of a plot — perhaps two-dimensional regions of interest, perhaps one-dimensional periods in time. It’s...

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Faceting as a preferable alternative to 3-D

October 18, 2012
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Faceting as a preferable alternative to 3-D

Sometimes, people want to plot things in three dimensions. Others have spoken more eloquently than I could on the potential problems with plotting multiple two-dimensional relationships in a two-dimensional medium with an artificial three-dimensional ...

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The distribution of ideology in the U.S. House (with plyr)

October 17, 2012
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The distribution of ideology in the U.S. House (with plyr)

This Gist has a couple of things going on, I’ll just list them: It downloads the entire history of U.S. House DW-NOMINATE scores from voteview.com It evaluates aggregate statistics, with members grouped by party and congress, with easy weighted ...

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Banking to n degrees

October 15, 2012
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Banking to n degrees

As often happens, I have learned of a technique just as it is being called into question. In this case, the technique is changing the aspect ratio of a line plot such that the typical slope of each segment is 45° (see), a rule of thumb which has bee...

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Using cairographics with ggsave()

October 12, 2012
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Using cairographics with ggsave()

Whenever possible, I try to save R graphic output in a vector format, typically pdf(). I also like to use the handy ggsave() function to do so, as it streamlines the process, and makes it easy to be consistent across formats. However, at times it is n...

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From holey polygons to convex hulls

October 11, 2012
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From holey polygons to convex hulls

I only rarely have the occasion to need the convex hull of a set of points, but I love chull(), so I’d like to share an example of how to use it. This Gist also offers a pretty straightforward application of the Split-Apply-Combine strategy (see...

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Simple marimekko/mosaic plots

October 10, 2012
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Simple marimekko/mosaic plots

I don’t really care for the name “marimekko” or “mosaic,” but I do like this type of plot as a means of illustrating proportions in nested categorical data, or as an alternative to the parallel time series plots discussed...

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Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

October 4, 2012
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Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

qdap brief intro For the past year I’ve been working on a package (qdap) to assist my field in quantitative discourse analysis; basically looking at patterns in language. It’s still a ways from being finished and lacks documentation (roxygen2 is … Continue reading →

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