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**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:

library

**(**grImport**)**PostScriptTrace

**(**“Wojewodztwa.ps”**)**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

**))**

**{**

**}**

#adding Wolin island to zachodniopomorskie

xpath

**[[**2**]])** ypath

**[[**2**]])**library

**(**mapoland**)**pl

**<-**getShape**(**“voiv”**)**#functions rescaling paths to mapoland map size

transx

**<-****function****(**x**)****{** old

**<-**c**(**min**(**sapply**(**xpath,min**))**, max**(**sapply**(**xpath,max**)))****((**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**)))****((**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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