Data Visualization in R (ggplot2 Cheat sheet)

Graphics with ggplot2

The ggplot2 package, created by Hadley Wickham, offers a powerful graphics language for creating elegant and complex plots. Its popularity in the R community has exploded in recent years. Originally based on Leland Wilkinson’s The Grammar of Graphics, ggplot2 allows you to create graphs that represent both uni variate and multivariate numerical and categorical data in a straightforward manner. Grouping can be represented by color, symbol, size, and transparency. The creation of trellis plots (i.e., conditioning) is relatively simple.
R Code
# ggplot2 examples
library(ggplot2)
# create factors with value labels
mtcars$gear <- factor(mtcars$gear,levels=c(3,4,5),
labels=c(“3gears”,”4gears”,”5gears”))
mtcars$am <- factor(mtcars$am,levels=c(0,1),
labels=c(“Automatic”,”Manual”))
mtcars$cyl <- factor(mtcars$cyl,levels=c(4,6,8),
labels=c(“4cyl”,”6cyl”,”8cyl”))
# Kernel density plots for mpg
# grouped by number of gears (indicated by color)
qplot(mpg, data=mtcars, geom=”density”, fill=gear, alpha=I(.5),
main=”Distribution of Gas Milage”, xlab=”Miles Per Gallon”,
ylab=”Density”)
# Scatterplot of mpg vs. hp for each combination of gears and cylinders
# in each facet, transmittion type is represented by shape and color
qplot(hp, mpg, data=mtcars, shape=am, color=am,
facets=gear~cyl, size=I(3),
xlab=”Horsepower”, ylab=”Miles per Gallon”)
# Separate regressions of mpg on weight for each number of cylinders
qplot(wt, mpg, data=mtcars, geom=c(“point”, “smooth”),
method=”lm”, formula=y~x, color=cyl,
main=”Regression of MPG on Weight”,
xlab=”Weight”, ylab=”Miles per Gallon”)
# Boxplots of mpg by number of gears
# observations (points) are overlayed and jittered
qplot(gear, mpg, data=mtcars, geom=c(“boxplot”, “jitter”),
fill=gear, main=”Mileage by Gear Number”,
xlab=””, ylab=”Miles per Gallon”)
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Other features of ggplot2 is described in the cheat sheet Download

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