R and colors from another dimension

I like to have a "x vs. y"- plot in which the symbol colors represent a additional (or another :-) dimension z.

I’m sure that there are several ways to do that, however here is the way I understand.

Assume that x, y and z have the same length n :

    n <- length(y)

At first I generate a vector from z (z will give the color) in the interval [0,1]

     zp   <- z - min(z)    ## zp starts from 0
     zpp <- zp/max(zp)  ## zpp ends at 1

If I now multiply zpp by n I get a nice index vector which can be used together with the result produced by colorRampPalette():

     cf <- colorRampPalette(c("blue","yellow","red"))

cf is a function. It’s argument is the length of the color vector which should be returned. Now put everything together:


Here is a complete example:

This is how it looks like:


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Today I searched an old post. I used the tumblr search without success …

So I’ve started a new blog with some couchdb, git, node.js stuff I wrote last months. This kind of posts I will dump there.

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or do it here. The blog is hosted on


It’s a couchapp. Comments?

I relay hope Wittgenstein will approve.

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Simply Statistics: Contributions to the R source


One of the nice things about tracking the R subversion repository using git instead of subversion is you can do

git shortlog -s -n

which gives you

19855 ripley 
6302 maechler 
5299 hornik 
2263 pd 
1153 murdoch 
813 iacus 
716 luke 
661 jmc 
614 leisch 
472 ihaka
403 murrell 
286 urbaneks 
284 rgentlem
269  apache
253  bates
249  tlumley
164  duncan
92  r
43  root
 40  paul
 40  falcon
 39  lyndon
 34  thomas
 33  deepayan
 26  martyn
 18  plummer
 15  (no author)
 14  guido
  3  ligges
  1  mike

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Colors in R


One of my favorite R packages that I use all the time is the RColorBrewer package. The package has been around for a while now and is written/maintained by Erich Neuwirth. The guts of the package are based on Cynthia Brewer’s very cool work on the use of color in cartography (check out the colorbrewer web site).

As a side note, I think the ability to manipulate colors in plots/graphs/maps is one of R’s many great strengths. My personal experience is that getting the right color scheme can make a difference in how data are perceived in a plot.

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generates regExp from nobrainer * expressions

> glob2rx("foo*.bar.*baz")
[1] "^foo.*\\.bar\\..*baz$"
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The Beautiful science: updating R and packages



A quick note on updating R.

Updating is always important as few bugs are fixed or the code is more efficient than the previous versions.

Though everything will be working as good as in old versions as in new, but some new features might be good to have.

Updating all R packages :

# open…

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Digithead's Lab Notebook: CouchDB and R

old post partly concerned about my R4CouchDB

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 checking for gcc... gcc                     
 checking whether the C compiler works... yes
 checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
 checking for suffix of executables...                    
 checking whether we are cross compiling... no            
 checking for suffix of object files... o                 
 checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes  
 checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes                   
 checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed 
 USE_LOCAL = ""                                           
 Using local libjson code. Copying files                  
 configure: creating ./config.status                      
 config.status: creating src/Makevars                     
 config.status: creating cleanup                          
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 gcc -std=gnu99 -I/usr/lib/R/include -I. ....

 make: g++: Kommando nicht gefunden
 make: *** [JSONChildren.o] Fehler 127            
 ERROR: compilation failed for package ‘RJSONIO’  


 # ln -s g++-4.4 g++                                      
 # l g++                                                  
 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 11. Okt 13:09 g++ -> g++-4.4*
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Calling Google Maps API from R « Statisfaction

My problem was the following: I have a database (from priceofweed.com), with locations written as “city, region, country”. What I wanted was the precise location (latitude, longitude) for each city. …

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