zAxis: Generic Function to Add an Axis to a Plot

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Generic Function to Add an Axis to a Plot


Generic function to add a suitable axis to the current plot.


Axis(x = NULL, at = NULL, ..., side, labels = NULL)



an object which indicates the range over which an axis should be drawn


the points at which tick-marks are to be drawn.


an integer specifying which side of the plot the axis is to be drawn on. The axis is placed as follows: 1=below, 2=left, 3=above and 4=right.


this can either be a logical value specifying whether (numerical) annotations are to be made at the tickmarks, or a character or expression vector of labels to be placed at the tickpoints. If this is specified as a character or expression vector, at should be supplied and they should be the same length.


arguments to be passed to methods and perhaps then to axis.


This is a generic function. It works in a slightly non-standard way: if x is supplied and non-NULL it dispatches on x, otherwise if at is supplied and non-NULL it dispatches on at, and the default action is to call axis, omitting argument x.

The idea is that for plots for which either or both of the axes are numerical but with a special interpretation, the standard plotting functions (including boxplot, contour, coplot, filled.contour, pairs, plot.default, rug and stripchart) will set up user coordinates and Axis will be called to label them appropriately.

There are "Date" and "POSIXt" methods which can pass an argument format on to the appropriate axis method (see axis.POSIXct).


The numeric locations on the axis scale at which tick marks were drawn when the plot was first drawn (see ‘Details’).

This function is usually invoked for its side effect, which is to add an axis to an already existing plot.

See Also

axis (which is eventually called from all Axis() methods) in package graphics.