[R] irregular ts plot?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon May 19 16:53:57 CEST 2003

On Mon, 19 May 2003, Welch, Ivo wrote:

> hi brian:  first, thank you very much for your help.  very highly 
> appreciated.
> I have read/am reading the R and plot documentations, but it will take a 
> while to absorb it all.  may I ask 2 more itsy queries, please?  I hope 
> they are the 5 second type questions for someone in the know.
> * if 2 time-series are plotted with one plot command, they are below one 
> another.  if 6 are plotted, they are in a 2c*3r array.  which parameter 
> allows me to control this behavior?

It's apparently hardwired in plot.mts:

    nc <- if (nser > 4) 2 else 1

> * is it possible to run a batch command that leaves the figure window 
> where it is?  or, that waits for user input, so that my batch command 
> can plot a figure, wait until I look at it, plot the next figure, etc.?  
> ("scan() in a BATCH command does not wait.")

So you need something that does wait and not use stdin.  On Windows I use
a dialog box, and I've never needed it on Linux.

> incidentally, for gnuplot, I found it very helpful that people had 
> posted sample sessions on the web that contain a variety of commands 
> with output and comments on what did what.  google works quite well for 
> searching over many such sample sessions to find something that does 
> what one needs.   there are R examples here and there (and especially in 
> the docs), and they are extremely useful;  but, it would be nicer if 
> this was more random but searchable stuff.

There are books on S with *lots* of examples: see the FAQ.  Books even 
have indices.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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