Base Graphics in R: A Detailed Idiot’s Guide

One of the most powerful functions of R is its ability to produce a wide range of graphics to quickly and easily visualise data. Plots can be replicated, modified and even publishable with just a handful of commands.

Making the leap from chiefly graphical programmes, such as Excel and Sigmaplot may seem tricky. However, with a basic knowledge of R, just investing a few hours could completely revolutionise your data visualisation and workflow. Trust me – it’s worth it.

Last year, I presented an informal seminar on the basics of R Graphics at University of Turku. In this blog post, I am providing some of the slides and the full code from that practical, which shows how to build different plot types using the basic (i.e. pre-installed) graphics in R, including:

After much wrangling with WordPress, I used the very simple ‘Publish’ button on R-Markdown to host the tutorial on RPubs. This post is BIG, but DETAILED. The Tutorial itself is HERE and all code and datafiles are available here.

Feedback is welcomed. I hope someone out there finds it useful!

An Introduction to R Graphics: Slides

About susanejohnston

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, interested in ecology, evolution and genetics.
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2 Responses to Base Graphics in R: A Detailed Idiot’s Guide

  1. Pingback: What we’re reading: Compressed genomes, drafting genes, and the third post-publication peer reviewer | The Molecular Ecologist

  2. Susan, the world is a better place with you in it! I am learning R for my personal pleasure and so that I can enhance my Excel and Power BI stuff. I just found you and your tutorial and I have already used one of your ideas.

    Many thanks for sharing this

    Duncan

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