A comprehensive guide to time series plotting in R

June 25, 2013

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

As R has evolved over the past 20 years its capabilities have improved in every area. The visual display of time series is no exception: as the folks from Timely Portfolio note that:

Through both quiet iteration and significant revolutions, the volunteers of R have made analyzing and charting time series pleasant. 

R began with the basics, a simple line plot:

Line chart
and then evolved to true time series charts (with a calendar-aware time axis), high-frequency charts, interactive charts, and even charts in the style of The Economist. In fact, more than a dozen options for plotting time series have been introduced over the years as shown in the timeline below:

Time series options
Check out all the examples at the link below — you're sure to find a style of time series chart that meets your needs.

Timely Portfolio (github): R Financial Time Series Plotting

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