spatstat (version 1.64-1)

plot.colourmap: Plot a Colour Map


Displays a colour map as a colour ribbon


# S3 method for colourmap
plot(x, ...,
       main, xlim = NULL, ylim = NULL, vertical = FALSE, axis = TRUE,
       labelmap=NULL, gap=0.25, add=FALSE, increasing=NULL)



Colour map to be plotted. An object of class "colourmap".

Graphical arguments passed to image.default or axis.


Main title for plot. A character string.


Optional range of x values for the location of the colour ribbon.


Optional range of y values for the location of the colour ribbon.


Logical flag determining whether the colour ribbon is plotted as a horizontal strip (FALSE) or a vertical strip (TRUE).


Logical flag determining whether an axis should be plotted showing the numerical values that are mapped to the colours.


Function. If this is present, then the labels on the plot, which indicate the input values corresponding to particular colours, will be transformed by labelmap before being displayed on the plot. Typically used to simplify or shorten the labels on the plot.


Distance between separate blocks of colour, as a fraction of the width of one block, if the colourmap is discrete.


Logical value indicating whether to add the colourmap to the existing plot (add=TRUE), or to start a new plot (add=FALSE, the default).


Logical value indicating whether to display the colour map in increasing order. See Details.




This is the plot method for the class "colourmap". An object of this class (created by the function colourmap) represents a colour map or colour lookup table associating colours with each data value.

The command plot.colourmap displays the colour map as a colour ribbon or as a colour legend (a sequence of blocks of colour). This plot can be useful on its own to inspect the colour map.

If the domain of the colourmap is an interval of real numbers, the colourmap is displayed as a continuous ribbon of colour. If the domain of the colourmap is a finite set of inputs, the colours are displayed as separate blocks of colour. The separation between blocks is equal to gap times the width of one block.

To annotate an existing plot with an explanatory colour ribbon or colour legend, specify add=TRUE and use the arguments xlim and/or ylim to control the physical position of the ribbon on the plot.

Labels explaining the colour map are drawn by axis and can be modified by specifying arguments that will be passed to this function.

The argument increasing indicates whether the colourmap should be displayed so that the input values are increasing with the spatial coordinate: that is, increasing from left to right (if vertical=FALSE) or increasing from bottom to top (if vertical=TRUE). If increasing=FALSE, this ordering will be reversed. The default is increasing=TRUE in all cases except when vertical=TRUE and the domain of the colourmap is a finite set of discrete inputs.

See Also



  co <- colourmap(rainbow(100), breaks=seq(-1,1,length=101))
  plot(co, col.ticks="pink")
  ca <- colourmap(rainbow(8), inputs=letters[1:8])
  plot(ca, vertical=TRUE)
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