[R] barplots with pictex

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Feb 6 20:52:56 CET 2001

On Tue, 6 Feb 2001, Faheem Mitha wrote:

> Dear R People,
> I want to include a barplot corresponding to a simple discrete probability
> distribution in a LaTeX document. I decided to use the pictex
> driver. After a certain amount of messing about, I came up the stuff
> below. It does not look too bad, however, there is one very obvious piece
> of weirdness, ie. the y axis terminates at 0.1 and does not extend down
> further. I tried to adjust this by changing ylim to c(-0.1,0.5) but then
> the labelling -3, -2 ... moves further down. Can anyone suggest how to
> correct this problem?

Not so in my version (1.2.1, Solaris) with your code. What version are
*you* using?  This has been fixed a while ago (1.1.0, it looks like from

> I am not sure what significance xlim has in this situation. I set it equal
> to c(-3,10) but then it cut off half the graph. So I just left it off.
> Yes, I did look at the online help, but still had difficulties.
> Two more comments: 1) If anyone can suggest a better way of doing this,
> please let me know. 2) Are there any obvious advantages to using pictex
> instead of say eps?

None if your dvixx can handle eps.  The pictex driver has not been touched
for a long time and has no font metric support, for example.  These days
you can use TeX fonts with postscript(), anyway.

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