[R] text-plotting math & regular mixed ?

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Jun 29 14:58:10 CEST 1999

Maybe embarassing, but I can't quickly find out how to do this:

Mix expression() text and regular text __in a variable__ for plotting:

I can easily do

plot(1,type="n",main=expression(paste("Plot of ", x ^ alpha, "; ", alpha==2.3)

However, if alpha is really just in a variable, I don't know what to do

  alpha <- 2.3
  ch.a <- format(alpha)

and now do the above but only use  `ch.a' ?

i.e., can you ``fix'' the following function ?

p.ex <- function(alpha = .05) {

     x <- seq(0,1, len=101)
     ch.a <- formatC(alpha,wid=1)
     plot(x, x^alpha, main= 
	  expression(paste("Power plot of ", x ^ alpha, " for ", alpha == {})))
     ## Where can I pass  ch.a ??			  

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