This chapter introduces the main high-level plotting functions in the traditional graphics system. These are the functions used to produce complete plots such as scatterplots, histograms, and boxplots. This chapter describes the names of the standard plotting functions, the standard ways to call these functions, and some of the standard arguments that can be used to vary the appearance of the plots. Some of this information is also applicable to high-level plotting functions in extension packages.
The aim of this chapter is to provide an idea of the range of plots that are available in the traditional graphics system, to point the user toward the most important ones, and to introduce ...