Grega Kešpret Grega Kešpret - 13 days ago 5
R Question

ggplot's qplot does not execute on sourcing

Let's assume I have 2 source files, the first one named

example1.r
and the second one
example2.r
(given below).

example1.r

plot(1:10,1:10)


example2.r

qplot(1:10,1:10)


When I source example1.r, the graph is drawn. It does not, however, when I source example2.r. What is the solution here?

(qplot in example2.r is ggplot2's function)

Answer

Update:

  • .R files: source's option print.eval=TRUE will lead to printing behaviour of the evaluation result like in the interactive command line.

source("Script.R", print.eval=TRUE)

  • .Rnw files: knitr by default emulates the behaviour of the interactive command line wrt. printing. Note that knitr can be specified as Sweaving engine also for R package vignettes.


This is my original answer. But note that this workaround is IMHO completely obsolete now (and it always was good for a small lazy niche only).

This is the famous FAQ 7.22: Why do lattice/trellis graphics not work?.

For grid graphics like ggplot2 or lattice, you need to print the graphics object in order to actually draw it.

Interactively on the command line this is done automatically. Everywhere else (inside files to be sourced, loops, functions, Sweave chunks) you need to print it explicitly.

print (qplot (1 : 10, 1 : 10))

Alternatively, you can redefine qplot to do the printing:

qplot <- function (x, y = NULL, z = NULL, ...) {
  p <- ggplot2::qplot (x = x, y = y, z = z, ...)
  print (p)
}

(this changes the axis labels to x and y).

I use this approach in vignettes where I want to write code exactly as a user in an interactive session would type it.