There are some other, smaller additions in ggh4x that aren’t really covered in the other vignettes.
One colour scale is sometimes not enough to describe your data. You can map several variables to colours with
scale_colour_multi() if data are in separate layers. It works like
scale_colour_gradientn(), but you can declare the aesthetics to and provide other arguments in a vectorised way, parallel to the
aesthetics argument. In the example below, a
list() of colours is given, where the 1 list elements becomes the argument of the first scale, the 2nd list element goes to the second scale and so on. Other arguments that expect input of length one can be given as a vector.
# Separating layers by species and declaring (yet) unknown aesthetics <- ggplot(iris, aes(Sepal.Width, Sepal.Length)) + g geom_point(aes(swidth = Sepal.Width), data = ~ subset(., Species == "setosa")) + geom_point(aes(pleng = Petal.Length), data = ~ subset(., Species == "versicolor")) + geom_point(aes(pwidth = Petal.Width), data = ~ subset(., Species == "virginica")) + facet_wrap(~ Species, scales = "free_x") #> Warning: Ignoring unknown aesthetics: swidth #> Warning: Ignoring unknown aesthetics: pleng #> Warning: Ignoring unknown aesthetics: pwidth # This generated quite some warnings, but this is no reason to worry! + scale_colour_multi( g aesthetics = c("swidth", "pleng", "pwidth"), # Providing colours as a list distributes list-elements over different scales colours = list(c("black", "green"), c("gray", "red"), c("white", "blue")), guide = list(guide_colourbar(barheight = unit(35, "pt"))) )
You can combine continuous and discrete colour scales with the slightly more verbose
scale_listed(). We can illustrate this with a heatmap, wherein we maybe want to use a discrete fill for some annotation, but a continuous fill for the heatmap values. The example below also includes
geom_tilemargin(), which conveniently can annotate heatmaps in the margin of a plot.
We can provide the correct fill scales as a list, as long as we match up the new aesthetics in the scales themselves and declare which old aesthetic they are to replace.
# Reshaping the iris dataset for heatmap purposes <- cor(t(iris[, 1:4])) iriscor <- data.frame( iriscor x = as.vector(row(iriscor)), y = as.vector(col(iriscor)), correlation = as.vector(iriscor) )<- transform(iris, id = seq_len(nrow(iris))) iris_df # Setting up the heatmap <- ggplot(iris_df, aes(id, id)) + g geom_tilemargin(aes(species = Species)) + geom_raster(aes(x, y, cor = correlation), data = iriscor) + coord_fixed() #> Warning: Ignoring unknown aesthetics: species #> Warning: Ignoring unknown aesthetics: cor + scale_listed(scalelist = list( g scale_fill_distiller(palette = "RdBu", aesthetics = "cor"), scale_fill_brewer(palette = "Set1", aesthetics = "species") replaces = c("fill", "fill"))),
A simple but effective way to illustrate a straightforward mapping of
fill aesthetics, is to use coloured text. In ggh4x, you can do this by setting
guide = "stringlegend" as argument to colour and fill scales, or set
guides(colour = "stringlegend").
ggplot(diamonds, aes(price, carat, colour = clarity)) + geom_point(shape = ".") + scale_colour_brewer(palette = "Dark2", guide = "stringlegend")
These legends do not have any keys, so key-related options are absent when you use
guide_stringlegend(). However, a few label related options like
size have been added, as well as options to control the spacing between the labels through
<- ggplot(mpg, aes(displ, hwy)) + p geom_point(aes(colour = class)) + guides(colour = guide_stringlegend(face = "bold", spacing = 15)) p + guides(colour = guide_stringlegend(spacing.x = 0, spacing.y = 5, p family = "mono", ncol = 2))
The return of the good old
type = 'b' plot from base R! This geom makes point connected through a line that starts and ends a small distance from the points themselves. Calculating these small offsets in absolute coordinates instead of data coordinates means they are stable at different aspect ratios.
set.seed(0) <- data.frame( df x = 1:10, y = cumsum(rnorm(10)) ) <- ggplot(pressure, aes(temperature, pressure)) + p geom_pointpath() + theme(aspect.ratio = 0.5) p + theme(aspect.ratio = 2)p
The size of the small offset can be controlled with the
mult multiplier argument, but is otherwise dependant on the average of on the
linesize aesthetic for stroke size and
size aesthetic for point size. Also note that the connecting lines disappear when points are spaced closely together.
ggplot(pressure, aes(temperature, pressure)) + geom_pointpath(linesize = 2, size = 2, mult = 1)
An added bonus is that we can also use this point path in cartesian coordinates to get consistent curves.
+ coord_polar(theta = "y")p
When you want to do more with rasters than just displaying them, the
geom_raster() and related tile- and rect geoms can be a bit inflexible. To allow transformations of rasters, there is
geom_polygonraster(), which reparameterises the raster into
y parameterised polygons. This is less efficient than the regular raster, but more flexible. With
position_lineartrans() you can perform linear transformations on the coordinates.
<- data.frame( df x = as.vector(row(volcano)), y = as.vector(col(volcano)), value = as.vector(volcano) ) <- ggplot(df, aes(x, y, fill = value)) + g scale_fill_viridis_c(guide = "none") + theme_void() + geom_polygonraster(position = position_lineartrans(shear = c(0.2, 0.2))) + g coord_fixed() + geom_polygonraster(position = position_lineartrans(angle = 45)) + g coord_fixed() + geom_polygonraster() + coord_polar()g
You might sometimes want to put text in a plot at a particular angle. You might want to annotate something ‘away’ from something else, in which case it can sometimes be a bit of a pain to calculate the correct angle, only to conclude that after resizing the plot that the angle was not correct. With
geom_text_aimed() the text is rotated by an angle parallel to a line going from the text’s
[x,y] coordinate through some point in
[xend,yend]. In the example below, we ‘aim’ the text at the middle of the plot.
ggplot(transform(mtcars, car = rownames(mtcars)), aes(mpg, wt)) + geom_point(aes(colour = as.factor(cyl))) + geom_text_aimed(aes(label = car), hjust = -0.2, size = 3, xend = sum(range(mtcars$mpg)) / 2, yend = sum(range(mtcars$wt)) / 2) + coord_cartesian(clip = "off")
While the example above might be a bit silly, it might be easier to show the usefulness when trying to annotate pieces of a polar coordinates chart. Specifically for these kinds of charts, the default
[xend,yend] position is at
ggplot(mpg, aes(factor(1), fill = class)) + geom_bar(show.legend = FALSE, position = "fill") + geom_text_aimed(aes(x = 1.2, label = class, group = class), position = position_fill(vjust = 0.5), stat = "count") + coord_polar("y") + theme_void()
When specifying an angle in the geom, the calculated angle is added, such that
angle = 90 means that the text will become perpendicular to the point defined in
ggplot(diamonds, aes(cut, fill = clarity)) + geom_bar(width = 1) + geom_text_aimed(aes(label = cut, group = cut), angle = 90, stat = "count", nudge_y = 2000) + scale_x_discrete(labels = NULL) + coord_polar()