aes_linetype_size_shape

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Differentiation related aesthetics: linetype, size, shape

This page demonstrates the usage of a sub-group of aesthetics; linetype, size and shape.

Aliases
  • aes_linetype_size_shape
  • linetype
  • shape
  • size
Examples
# Line types should be specified with either an integer, a name, or with a string of
# an even number (up to eight) of hexidecimal digits which give the lengths in
# consecutive positions in the string.
# 0 = blank, 1 = solid, 2 = dashed, 3 = dotted, 4 = dotdash, 5 = longdash, 6 = twodash

# Data
df <- data.frame(x = 1:10 , y = 1:10)
f <- ggplot(df, aes(x = x, y = y))
f + geom_line(linetype = 2)
f + geom_line(linetype = "dotdash")
# An example with hex strings, the string "33" specifies three units on followed
# by three off and "3313" specifies three units on followed by three off followed
# by one on and finally three off.
f + geom_line(linetype = "3313")

# Mapping line type from a variable
library(plyr)
library(reshape2)
rescale01 <- function(x) (x - min(x)) / diff(range(x))
ec_scaled <- data.frame(
  date = economics$date,
  colwise(rescale01)(economics[, -(1:2)]))
ecm <- melt(ec_scaled, id = "date")
qplot(date, value, data = ecm, geom = "line", linetype = variable)

# Size examples
# Should be specified with a numerical value (in millimetres),
# or from a variable source
p <- ggplot(mtcars, aes(wt, mpg))
p + geom_point(size = 4)
p + geom_point(aes(size = qsec))
p + geom_point(size = 2.5) + geom_hline(yintercept = 25, size = 3.5)

# Shape examples
# Shape takes four types of values: an integer in [0, 25],
# a single character-- which uses that character as the plotting symbol,
# a . to draw the smallest rectangle that is visible (i.e., about one pixel)
# an NA to draw nothing
p + geom_point()
p + geom_point(shape = 5)
p + geom_point(shape = "k", size = 3)
p + geom_point(shape = ".")
p + geom_point(shape = NA)

# Shape can also be mapped from a variable
p + geom_point(aes(shape = factor(cyl)))

# A look at all 25 symbols
df2 <- data.frame(x = 1:5 , y = 1:25, z = 1:25)
s <- ggplot(df2, aes(x = x, y = y))
s + geom_point(aes(shape = z), size = 4) + scale_shape_identity()
# While all symbols have a foreground colour, symbols 19-25 also take a
# background colour (fill)
s + geom_point(aes(shape = z), size = 4, colour = "Red") +
  scale_shape_identity()
s + geom_point(aes(shape = z), size = 4, colour = "Red", fill = "Black") +
  scale_shape_identity()
Documentation reproduced from package ggplot2, version 0.9.3.1, License: GPL-2

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