[R] Adding time series to time graphs

Nordlund, Dan (DSHS/RDA) NordlDJ at dshs.wa.gov
Thu Apr 11 21:56:19 CEST 2013

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Simon Kiss
> Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:35 PM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] Adding time series to time graphs
> Hello: I have done this before but cannot figure out how to do it
> again.
> I would like to graph campaign evolution of news stories on certain
> topics. The campaign time period is as follows:
> campaign<-seq.Date(from=as.Date('2011-09-06'), to=as.Date('2011-10-5'),
> by=1)
> I have a table of newspaper story frequencies containing a certain word
> that can be turned into a data.frame (or not). I'll reproduce it as a
> data.frame
> plotdf<-data.frame(story.dates=seq.Date(as.Date('2011-09-
> 17'),as.Date('2011-09-30'), by=1), Freq=seq(1,14, by=1))
> How do I overlay the frequency of newspaper stories in a line plot on a
> graph where the x-axis is a series of dates twice as long as the time
> series itself? The reason I'd like this is because I'd like to add a
> couple of other story time series as well. They may appear at other
> points in time in the campaign as well.
> Thanks.
> Simon Kiss

Maybe use the xlim parameter with plot?

with(plotdf, plot(story.dates,Freq, type='l', xlim=range(campaign)))

Hope this is helpful,


Daniel J. Nordlund
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Planning, Performance, and Accountability
Research and Data Analysis Division
Olympia, WA 98504-5204

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