[R] Can one aply 'mgp' to individual axis?

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Apr 16 09:38:02 CEST 2002

On Tue, 16 Apr 2002, Tobias Hoevekamp wrote:

> Dear R-wizards!
> I want to move the axis label of the y-axis a little bit
> more apart from the border of the plot (otherwise, it would overlap
> with my horizontal numbering). 'par(mgp(3.5, 1, 0))' does it properly.

(That's not a valid par call.)

> Unfortunately, it also moves the x-axis label which does not look good.
> Is there a way to specify 'mgp' for each axis separately or
> is there another way to move just the y-axis label on its own?
> Thanks for looking into my problem. I hope there is a solution to it :-)

Use ylab="" in your main call to plot(), and place the ylabel subsequently
via a call such as title(ylab = "foo", mgp = c(3.5, 1, 0)).
Alternatively, use mtext to place the label exactly where you want it.

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