Exercise in grImport

January 13, 2012

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

Last week I used grImport for the first time. I decided to try perform another exercise using it. The task was to add voivodeship division of Poland.

Standard R maps do not contain such a division. I have found it on r-forge in package  mapoland based on ESRI shape files, but I wanted to import such a map from SVG file which can be found on Wikipedia. As last time SVG file has to be converted do PS first. Here is a comparison of both maps showing that the import worked quite well.

And this is the code I have used:

voiv <- readPicture(“Wojewodztwa.ps.xml”)
broken.voiv <- explodePaths(voiv)
#extracting voivodeship ‘PictureStrokes’
xpath <- ypath <- list()
sel <- c(2,4,6,8,20,22,24,28,30,32,34,36,38,41,44,46)
for (i in seq(along = sel)) {
      xpath[[i]] <- broken.voiv[[sel[i]]]@paths$[email protected]
      ypath[[i]] <- broken.voiv[[sel[i]]]@paths$[email protected]
#adding Wolin island to zachodniopomorskie
xpath[[2]] <- c(broken.voiv[10]@paths$[email protected][c(39:1, 95:40)],
ypath[[2]] <- c(broken.voiv[10]@paths$[email protected][c(39:1, 95:40)],
pl <- getShape(“voiv”)
#functions rescaling paths to mapoland map size
transx <- function(x) {
      old <- c(min(sapply(xpath,min)), max(sapply(xpath,max)))
      new <- [email protected][1,]
      ((x old[1]) / (old[2] – old[1])) * (new[2] new[1])
    + new[1]
transy <- function(y) {
      old <- c(min(sapply(ypath, min)), max(sapply(ypath, max)))
      new <- [email protected][2,]
      ((y old[1]) / (old[2] – old[1])) * (new[2] new[1])
    + new[1]
plot(pl, lwd = 4)
for (i in seq(along = sel)) {
      lines(transx(xpath[[i]]), transy(ypath[[i]]), col = “red”)

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