axis.break

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Place a "break" mark on an axis

Places a "break" mark on an axis on an existing plot.

Keywords
misc
Usage
axis.break(axis=1,breakpos=NULL,pos=NA,bgcol="white",breakcol="black",
  style="slash",brw=0.02)
Arguments
axis

which axis to break

breakpos

where to place the break in user units

pos

position of the axis (see axis).

bgcol

the color of the plot background

breakcol

the color of the "break" marker

style

Either gap, slash or zigzag

brw

break width relative to plot width

Details

The pos argument is not needed unless the user has specified a different position from the default for the axis to be broken.

Value

nil

Note

There is some controversy about the propriety of using discontinuous coordinates for plotting, and thus axis breaks. Discontinuous coordinates allow widely separated groups of values or outliers to appear without devoting too much of the plot to empty space. The major objection seems to be that the reader will be misled by assuming continuous coordinates. The gap style that clearly separates the two sections of the plot is probably best for avoiding this.

See Also

gap.plot

Aliases
  • axis.break
Examples
# NOT RUN {
 plot(3:10, main = "Axis break test")
 # put a break at the default axis and position
 axis.break()
 axis.break(2, 2.9, style = "zigzag")
 twogrp <- c(rnorm(10) + 4, rnorm(10) + 20)
 gap.plot(twogrp,gap = c(8,16), xlab = "Index", ylab = "Group values",
  main = "Two separated groups with gap axis break",
  col = c(rep(2, 10), rep(3, 10)), ytics = c(3, 5, 18, 20))
 legend(12, 6, c("Low group", "High group"), pch = 1, col = 2:3)
# }
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Community examples

xlviolet@gmail.com at Apr 9, 2018 plotrix v3.7

plot(3:10, main = "Axis break test") # put a break at the default axis and position axis.break() axis.break(2, 2.9, style = "zigzag") twogrp <- c(rnorm(10) + 4, rnorm(10) + 20) gap.plot(twogrp,gap = c(8,16), xlab = "Index", ylab = "Group values", main = "Two separated groups with gap axis break", col = c(rep(2, 10), rep(3, 10)), ytics = c(3, 5, 18, 20)) legend(12, 6, c("Low group", "High group"), pch = 1, col = 2:3) # }