Extracting Plotting Structures
Description
xy.coords
is used by many functions to obtain
x and y coordinates for plotting. The use of this common mechanism
across all relevant R functions produces a measure of consistency.
Usage
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Arguments
x, y 
the x and y coordinates of a set of points.
Alternatively, a single argument 
xlab, ylab 
names for the x and y variables to be extracted. 
log 
character, 
recycle 
logical; if 
Details
An attempt is made to interpret the arguments x
and y
in
a way suitable for bivariate plotting (or other bivariate procedures).
If y
is NULL
and x
is a
 formula:
of the form
yvar ~ xvar
.xvar
andyvar
are used as x and y variables. list:
containing components
x
andy
, these are used to define plotting coordinates. time series:
the x values are taken to be
time(x)
and the y values to be the time series. matrix or
data.frame
with two or more columns: the first is assumed to contain the x values and the second the y values. Note that is also true if
x
has columns named"x"
and"y"
; these names will be irrelevant here.
In any other case, the x
argument is coerced to a vector and
returned as y component where the resulting x
is just
the index vector 1:n
. In this case, the resulting xlab
component is set to "Index"
.
If x
(after transformation as above) inherits from class
"POSIXt"
it is coerced to class "POSIXct"
.
Value
A list with the components
x 
numeric (i.e., 
y 
numeric vector of the same length as 
xlab 

ylab 

See Also
plot.default
, lines
, points
and lowess
are examples of functions which use this mechanism.
Examples
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