agenis agenis - 2 months ago 6
R Question

Control transparency of smoother and confidence interval

I'm refering to this SO question from 2 years ago, with ggplot : Adjust Transparency (alpha) of stat_smooth lines, not just transparency of Confidence Interval

The first method suggested allows to set the alpha transparency of the confidence interval alone:

ggplot(head(airquality, 60), aes(x=Day, y=Temp, color=factor(Month))) +
geom_point() + stat_smooth(method = "lm", se=TRUE, alpha=1.0)


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The second method allows to set the alpha transparency for the line itself, but you loose the confidence interval in the meantime, even with
se=TRUE
:

ggplot(head(airquality, 60), aes(x=Day, y=Temp, color=factor(Month))) +
geom_point() + geom_line(stat='smooth', method = "lm", se=TRUE, alpha=0.3)


enter image description here

My question: How to control the transparency of both the smoothing line and the confidence interval?

Answer

This calculates the model twice. But normally that shouldn't be a performance issue.

ggplot(head(airquality, 60), aes(x=Day, y=Temp, color=factor(Month))) +
  geom_point() + 
  geom_ribbon(stat='smooth', method = "lm", se=TRUE, alpha=0.1, 
              aes(color = NULL, group = factor(Month))) +
  geom_line(stat='smooth', method = "lm", alpha=0.3)

resulting plot

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