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A violin plot is a combination of a boxplot and a kernel density plot. Lattice includes the panel.violin function for this graphical tool. This example draws a violin and a boxplot together.

First, let’s download some solar radiation data from the NASA webpage:

nasafile <- 'http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/sse/global/text/global_radiation' nasa <- read.table(file=nasafile, skip=13, header=TRUE)

Now, I plot a violin plot and a boxplot of the yearly average of daily solar radiation for latitudes between -60º and 60º. I have to convert this numeric vector to a factor with the combination of cut and pretty. It is possible to plot the violin plot and the boxplot together (example included in the help of panel.violin). I choose the `pch='|'` in order to get an horizontal line at the median. Last, the `plot.symbol` component in `par.settings` defines the symbol of the outliers of the boxplot and the `box.rectangle` component configures the box of the boxplot:

bwplot(Ann~cut(Lat, pretty(Lat, 40)), data=nasa, subset=(abs(Lat)<60), xlab='Latitude', ylab='G(0) (kWh/m²)', horizontal=FALSE, panel = function(..., box.ratio) { panel.violin(..., col = "lightblue", varwidth = FALSE, box.ratio = box.ratio) panel.bwplot(..., col='black', cex=0.8, pch='|', fill='gray', box.ratio = .1) }, par.settings = list(box.rectangle=list(col='black'), plot.symbol = list(pch='.', cex = 0.1)), scales=list(x=list(rot=45, cex=0.5)) )

Now, I plot a violin plot (without a boxplot) of the monthly means of daily solar radiation. First, I have to build the formula:

x <- paste(names(nasa)[3:14], collapse='+') formula <- as.formula(paste(x, '~cut(Lat, pretty(Lat, 20))', sep=''))

And then I can print the plot. I have to choose `outer=TRUE` in order to get individual panels for each month, and `as.table=TRUE` if I want January to be at the upper left corner:

bwplot(formula, data=nasa, subset=(abs(Lat)<60), xlab='Latitude', ylab='G(0) (kWh/m²)', outer=TRUE, as.table=TRUE, horizontal=FALSE, col='lightblue', panel=panel.violin, scales=list(x=list(rot=70, cex=0.5))

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