[R] plot.stepfun xlim

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Dec 31 10:18:27 CET 2008

On Tue, 30 Dec 2008, m.u.r. wrote:

> i've noticed a strange problem when plotting a stepfun.
> according to the documentation, the xlim parameter should bound the
> range of the function being plotted, and is returned as the extreme

Wheere does it say that?  The help actually says

xlim,ylim: numeric(2) each; range of 'x' or 'y' values to use.  Both
           have sensible defaults.

They are just passed on to plot.window.  You may be looking for par 
'xaxs' (and 'xpd').

> two values (i.e. first and last) in the vector t from the plot.stepfun
> call.  instead, it plots beyond the desired range (although the limits
> are preserved for the viewing space).
> to reproduce:
> foo <- stepfun(0.5, c(1, 0));
> bar <- plot(foo, xlim = c(0, 1));

Why are you adding two blank commands via the semicolons?

> now look at the plot, notice how the function extends beyond the
> desired range.  also look at bar, which contains the vector t showing
> the actual bounds (-1, 2) chosen by the function:
> $t
> [1] -1.0 0.5 2.0
> does anyone have an idea for me to limit the plotted function to the
> specified extreme values (in this example c(0, 1))?
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