Bug 14541 - Wishlist: improvements to sunflowerplot
Summary: Wishlist: improvements to sunflowerplot
Alias: None
Product: R
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Graphics (show other bugs)
Version: R 2.12.2
Hardware: All All
: P5 enhancement
Assignee: R-core
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-03-25 16:06 UTC by Reto Bürgin
Modified: 2011-03-31 09:34 UTC (History)
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Description Reto Bürgin 2011-03-25 16:06:08 UTC
Hi there,

In our opinion the sunflowerplot of the package "graphics" should be improved: 

i)  allow formula writing
ii) allow NA values

We suggest something similar to this improved version of sunflowerplot: 

sunflowerplot2 <- function (x, y = NULL, data=NULL, main=NULL, sub="", ...)
  if (!is.null(data) & is.null(main))
    main <- deparse(substitute(data))
  if (class(x) =="formula"){
    xlab <- all.vars(formula(x))[2]
    ylab <- all.vars(formula(x))[1]
    ind <- apply(is.na(data[ ,c(xlab, ylab)]), 1, sum) > 0
    ind.nbr <- which(ind)
    data.temp <- data[!ind,c(xlab, ylab)]
  if (is.data.frame(x)){
    xlab <- names(x)[1]
    ylab <- names(x)[2]
    ind <- apply(is.na(x), 1, sum) > 0
    ind.nbr <- which(ind)
    data.temp <- x[!ind,]
  if (is.vector(x)){
    xlab <- deparse(substitute(x))
    ylab <- deparse(substitute(y))
    data.temp2 <- cbind(x, y)
    ind <- apply(is.na(data.temp2), 1, sum) > 0
    ind.nbr <- which(ind)
    data.temp <- data.temp2[!ind,]
  sunflowerplot(x=data.temp[,xlab], y=data.temp[,ylab], xlab=xlab,
                ylab=ylab, main=main, ...)
  warning(paste(length(ind.nbr),"items were excluded due to missings: ",
                paste(ind.nbr,collapse=" ")))


Sina Rueeger (rusa@zhaw.ch) and 
Reto Buergin (rbuergin@gmx.ch)
Comment 1 Brian Ripley 2011-03-27 05:01:54 UTC
This is really odd: it does not 'allow NA values': it simply omits them,
something we have na.omit for so does not need to be part of sunflowerplot.
We also have rowSums ....

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Comment 2 Brian Ripley 2011-03-31 09:34:06 UTC
Formula interface added for 2.14.0