A 3D scatterplot widget using three.js. Many options
follow the scatterplot3d
function from the eponymous package.
1 2 3 4 5 6  scatterplot3js(x, y, z, height = NULL, width = NULL, axis = TRUE,
num.ticks = c(6, 6, 6), x.ticklabs = NULL, y.ticklabs = NULL,
z.ticklabs = NULL, color = "steelblue", size = 1, labels = NULL,
label.margin = "10px", stroke = "black", flip.y = TRUE, grid = TRUE,
renderer = c("auto", "canvas", "webgl"), signif = 8, bg = "#ffffff",
xlim, ylim, zlim, pch, ...)

x 
Either a vector of xcoordinate values or a threecolumn data matrix with columns corresponding to the x,y,z coordinate axes. Column labels, if present, are used as axis labels. 
y 
(Optional) vector of ycoordinate values, not required if

z 
(Optional) vector of zcoordinate values, not required if

height 
The container div height. 
width 
The container div width. 
axis 
A logical value that when 
num.ticks 
A threeelement vector with the suggested number of ticks to display per axis. Set to NULL to not display ticks. The number of ticks may be adjusted by the program. 
x.ticklabs 
A vector of tick labels of length 
y.ticklabs 
A vector of tick labels of length 
z.ticklabs 
A vector of tick labels of length 
color 
Either a single hex or named color name (all points same color), or a vector of #' hex or named color names as long as the number of data points to plot. 
size 
The plot point radius, either as a single number or a
vector of sizes of length 
labels 
Either NULL (no labels), or a vector of labels as long as the number of data points displayed when the mouse hovers over each point. 
label.margin 
A CSSstyle margin string used to display the point labels. 
stroke 
A single color stroke value (surrounding each point). Set to null to omit stroke (only available in the canvas renderer). 
flip.y 
Reverse the direction of the yaxis (the default value of
TRUE produces plots similar to those rendered by the R

grid 
Set FALSE to disable display of a grid. 
renderer 
Select from available plot rendering techniques of 'auto', 'canvas', or 'webgl'. 
signif 
Number of significant digits used to represent point coordinates. Larger numbers increase accuracy but slow plot generation down. 
bg 
The color to be used for the background of the device region. 
xlim 
Optional twoelement vector of xaxis limits. Default autoscales to data. 
ylim 
Optional twoelement vector of yaxis limits. Default autoscales to data. 
zlim 
Optional twoelement vector of zaxis limits. Default autoscales to data. 
pch 
Not yet used but one day will support changing the point glyph. 
... 
Additional options (see note). 
An htmlwidget object that is displayed using the object's show or print method.
(If you don't see your widget plot, try printing it with the print
) function. The
returned object includes a special points3d
function for adding points to the
plot similar to scatterplot3d
. See the note below and examples for details.
Points with missing values are omitted.
Use the renderer
option to manually select from the available
rendering options.
The canvas
renderer is the fallback rendering option when webgl
is not available. Select auto
to automatically choose between
the two. The two renderers produce slightly differentlooking output
and have different available options (see above). Use the webgl
renderer for plotting large numbers of points (if available). Use the
canvas
renderer to excercise finer control of plotting of smaller
numbers of points. See the examples.
Use the optional ...
argument to explicitly supply axisLabels
as a threeelement character vector, see the examples below.
The returned object includes a points3d
function that can add points
to a plot, returning a new htmlwidget plot object. The function signature
is a subset of the full scatterplot3js
function:
points3d (x, y, z, color="steelblue", size=1, labels="")
It allows you to add points to a plot using the same syntax as scatterplot3js
with optionally specified color, size, and labels. New points are plotted in
the same scale as the existing plot. See the examples section below for an
example.
The three.js project http://threejs.org.
scatterplot3d, rgl
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49  # Gumball machine
N < 100
i < sample(3, N, replace=TRUE)
x < matrix(rnorm(N*3),ncol=3)
lab < c("small", "bigger", "biggest")
scatterplot3js(x, color=rainbow(N), labels=lab[i], size=i, renderer="canvas")
# Example 1 from the scatterplot3d package (cf.)
z < seq(10, 10, 0.1)
x < cos(z)
y < sin(z)
scatterplot3js(x,y,z, color=rainbow(length(z)),
labels=sprintf("x=%.2f, y=%.2f, z=%.2f", x, y, z))
# Same example with explicit axis labels
scatterplot3js(x,y,z, color=rainbow(length(z)), axisLabels=c("a","b","c"))
# Pretty point cloud example, should run this with WebGL!
N < 20000
theta < runif(N)*2*pi
phi < runif(N)*2*pi
R < 1.5
r < 1.0
x < (R + r*cos(theta))*cos(phi)
y < (R + r*cos(theta))*sin(phi)
z < r*sin(theta)
d < 6
h < 6
t < 2*runif(N)  1
w < t^2*sqrt(1t^2)
x1 < d*cos(theta)*sin(phi)*w
y1 < d*sin(theta)*sin(phi)*w
i < order(phi)
j < order(t)
col < c( rainbow(length(phi))[order(i)],
rainbow(length(t),start=0, end=2/6)[order(j)])
M < cbind(x=c(x,x1),y=c(y,y1),z=c(z,h*t))
scatterplot3js(M,size=0.25,color=col,bg="black")
# Adding points to a plot with points3d
set.seed(1)
lim < c(3,3)
x < scatterplot3js(rnorm(5),rnorm(5),rnorm(5), xlim=lim, ylim=lim, zlim=lim)
a < x$points3d(rnorm(3),rnorm(3),rnorm(3)/2, color="red", labels="NEW")
## Not run:
# A shiny example
shiny::runApp(system.file("examples/scatterplot",package="threejs"))
## End(Not run)

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