Chapter 12. Graphics

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R has a very rich set of graphics facilities. The R home page ( has a few colorful examples, but to really appreciate R’s graphical power, browse through the R Graph Gallery at

In this chapter, we cover the basics of using R’s base, or traditional, graphics package. This will give you enough foundation to start working with graphics in R. If you’re interested in pursuing R graphics further, you may want to refer to the excellent books on the subject.[4]

Creating Graphs

To begin, we’ll look at the foundational function for creating graphs: plot(). Then we’ll explore ...

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