[R] controlling figure dimension/location

Bill Simpson W.Simpson at gcal.ac.uk
Wed Mar 13 11:46:47 CET 2002

On Wed, 13 Mar 2002, Uwe Ligges wrote:

> "Michael D. Sohn" wrote:
> > 
> > I'm making two plots, one on top of the other.  On the upper plot, I do
> > not print the x-label or the x-tick-label.  To reduce space, I'd like to
> > keep the white space between the two figures at a minimum.  However, I
> > can't figure out how to methodically reduce the space while maintaining
> > the same figure dimensions for both plots.  I could add margin space
> > below the lower plot and reduce space above the lower plot but that
> > leaves a bunch of whitespace at the bottom of the figure.  What command
> > am I missing?

I too would be greatly interested in being able to do this. For example if
you have two plots stacked on top of each other, you would have only the
ticks on the x-axis of the top plot and the full axis labels and title on
the bottom plot. The size of the two plots must remain the same.

So far as I know, this is not possible with R. What I have been doing is
quite unsatisfactory: set the margins to the minimum acceptable. However
this still leaves too much whitespace between the plots. If you really are
motivated you can convert the figure from postscript to xfig or tgif
format then edit manually. Not a great solution...

pstoedit        convert .ps file to tgif for editing:
                        pstoedit -f tgif fig1.ps fig1.obj


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