[R] Help plotting recurrence matrix

Lisa Handke l@h@ndke @ending from tu-br@un@chweig@de
Fri Oct 5 07:09:57 CEST 2018

Hi everyone,


I am trying to plot a recurrence matrix (package: nonlinearTseries).


This is my command, which gives the plot as found in the attached image
(example 1):


Team1 <- read.delim("Team1.txt", header =TRUE)

Team1_plot <- rqa(time.series = Team1$Kat5, embedding.dim = 1, time.lag = 1,

                radius = 0.1,lmin =2, vmin =2, distanceToBorder = 2, save.RM

                do.plot = FALSE )


RP <- Team1_plot$recurrence.matrix

image (RP)


My first problem


1.	I cannot change the labeling of the axis limits


While this command helps rotate the datapoints WITHIN the plot as desired
(example 2):


image(t(RP[,ncol(RP):1])) # rotate matrix by 90° and plot


the labeling of the axes is still wrong (the y-axis still starts with 223).
Adding parameters such as ylim or ymax has not helped.


2.	I am trying to convert it into a colour-coded image. I have
categories ranging from numbers 1 to 5 (as well as random unique larger
numbers referring to nonrecurrent values). With some help, I have managed to
assign my numeric values in my data to colours using this function:


RP2 <- as.matrix(RP)*1

TS <- Team1$Kat5

for (i in seq(1,dim(RP2)[1])) {

  for (j in seq(1,dim(RP2)[1])) {

    if (RP2[i,j] == 1 & TS[i] < 6) { # test if recurrence is present in RP
AND corresponding value in the time-series is < 6, in which case that
Recurrent is coded according to the value in the time series

      RP2[i,j] <- TS[i]

    } else if (RP2[i,j] == 1 & TS[i] < 6) { # if the above is not the case,
test if recurrence is present in RP AND corresponding value in the
time-series is > 5, in which case that recurrence is deleted from the RP

      RP2[i,j] <- 0





image.scale(RP2, zlim=c(1,5),col= c("yellow", "red", "blue", "green",


My problem is that the image I receive from doing this (see attachment) is
scaled from 0 to 1 and I seem to be incapable of understanding why this is
and how to change it. Once again, I have tried using y and x lim as well as
max functions, but have not managed to attain any results.


I realize these are amateur questions but I have been struggling with this
for quite some time and would really appreciate any help I can get.


Thanks and best regards,



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