Hugh Hugh - 3 months ago 26
R Question

Successor to ggplot2::fortify

In the most recent version of

ggplot2
,
?fortify
returns:


Description

Rather than using this function, I now recomend using the broom
package, which implements a much wider range of methods.
fortify
may
be deprecated in the future.


The
broom
package indeed offers many alternatives (such as
augment
). Which one should be used in what circumstances?

I am particularly interested in an alternative to
fortify(spdf)
where
spdf
is a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame.

Answer

Here's how I approached the subject.

After searching "broom cran" I was redirected to the corresponding page of the package on CRAN. It offers a few vignettes so I checked out Introduction to broom. After failing to find any string matching "spatial" I closed the PDF and opened the reference manual. Searching for "spatial" I got 7 hits, with the first one on the topic of sp_tidiers. Function tidy is advertised to convert a spatial object to a data.frame. Let's try it.

library(sp)
Sr1 = Polygon(cbind(c(2,4,4,1,2),c(2,3,5,4,2)))
Sr2 = Polygon(cbind(c(5,4,2,5),c(2,3,2,2)))
Sr3 = Polygon(cbind(c(4,4,5,10,4),c(5,3,2,5,5)))
Sr4 = Polygon(cbind(c(5,6,6,5,5),c(4,4,3,3,4)), hole = TRUE)

Srs1 = Polygons(list(Sr1), "s1")
Srs2 = Polygons(list(Sr2), "s2")
Srs3 = Polygons(list(Sr3, Sr4), "s3/4")
x = SpatialPolygons(list(Srs1,Srs2,Srs3), 1:3)

library(broom)

tidy(x)

   long lat order  hole piece  group   id
1     2   2     1 FALSE     1   s1.1   s1
2     1   4     2 FALSE     1   s1.1   s1
3     4   5     3 FALSE     1   s1.1   s1
4     4   3     4 FALSE     1   s1.1   s1
5     2   2     5 FALSE     1   s1.1   s1
6     5   2     1 FALSE     1   s2.1   s2
7     2   2     2 FALSE     1   s2.1   s2
8     4   3     3 FALSE     1   s2.1   s2
9     5   2     4 FALSE     1   s2.1   s2
10    4   5     1 FALSE     1 s3/4.1 s3/4
11   10   5     2 FALSE     1 s3/4.1 s3/4
12    5   2     3 FALSE     1 s3/4.1 s3/4
13    4   3     4 FALSE     1 s3/4.1 s3/4
14    4   5     5 FALSE     1 s3/4.1 s3/4
15    5   4     6  TRUE     2 s3/4.2 s3/4
16    5   3     7  TRUE     2 s3/4.2 s3/4
17    6   3     8  TRUE     2 s3/4.2 s3/4
18    6   4     9  TRUE     2 s3/4.2 s3/4
19    5   4    10  TRUE     2 s3/4.2 s3/4