[R] plotting dates in x axis

Jeff Newmiller jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us
Mon Feb 27 23:00:18 CET 2017

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On February 27, 2017 1:11:05 PM PST, Jim Lemon <drjimlemon at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hi Maria,
>First, Excel files don't make it through the Mexican Wall. A CSV with
>the extension changed to .txt might. You can get all of the years like
> SDATE=paste(sample(1998:2012,180,TRUE),
> sample(1:12,180,TRUE),sample(1:28,180,TRUE),sep="-"))
># set the tick marks at the middle of each year
>Obviously you don't want all of the months, so just add the months to
>the years:
>On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 2:26 AM, Maria Lathouri via R-help
><r-help at r-project.org> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I have an excel file of 180 observations with dates and one variable,
>from 1998 to 2012 by random months (there are some years that I might
>not have all the months or I might have two observations in one month).
>I am trying to plot the dates in x axis and the variable in y axis. I
>have already used as.Date for the dates so I can import them into R.
>> Here is my script:> aa<-read.csv("aa.csv")> attach(aa)>
>names(aa)#"SDATE" "var1"
>> I convert the dates into R: > sdate<-as.Date(SDATE,
>> I am plotting the dates with my var1:> plot(sdate, var1, type="l")
>> Up to now, everything seems ok. However, in the x-axis I only get
>three years, 2000, 2005 and 2010. As I want to show all the years or at
>least as many as it could be, I am using the following:
>>> plot(sdate, var1, type="l", xaxt="n")
>>> d1<-c((sdate[1]), (sdate[183]))> d2<-as.Date((d1[1])+365*(0:15))
>>> axis(side=1, at=0:15, labels=strftime(d2, format="%Y"),
>cex.axis=0.8,las=2);  I tried also to plot the dates in a month-Year
>>> d2<-as.Date((d1[1])+150*(0:20))
>>> plot(sdate, var1, type="l", xaxt="n")> axis(side=1, at=0:15,
>labels=strftime(d2, format="%m-%Y"), cex.axis=0.8,las=2)
>> But nothing happened. I cannot understand why it doesn't show
>> I have attached the file as well in case you want to have a more
>clear picture.
>> I really appreciate it if you can help me on this.
>> Thank you very much in advance.
>> Kind regards,Maria
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