drgibbon drgibbon - 2 months ago 29
R Question

R: How to jitter both geom_line and geom_point in ggplot2 linegraph?

I have a ggplot2 linegraph with two lines featuring significant overlap. I'm trying to use position_jitterdodge() so that they are more visible, but I can't get the lines and points to both jitter in the same way. I'm trying to jitter the points and line horizontally only (as I don't want to suggest any change on the y-axis). Here is an MWE:

## Create data frames
dimension <- factor(c("A", "B", "C", "D"))
df <- data.frame("dimension" = rep(dimension, 2),
"value" = c(20, 21, 34, 32,
20, 21, 36, 29),
"Time" = c(rep("First", 4), rep("Second", 4)))
## Plot it
ggplot(data = df, aes(x = dimension, y = value,
shape = Time, linetype = Time, group = Time)) +
geom_line(position = position_jitterdodge(dodge.width = 0.45)) +
geom_point(position = position_jitterdodge(dodge.width = 0.45)) +
xlab("Dimension") + ylab("Value")


Which produces the ugly:

Line/point mismatch

I've obviously got something fundamentally wrong here: What should I do to make the geom_point jitter follow the geom_line jitter?

Answer

Another option for horizontal only would be to specify position_dodge and pass this to the position argument for each geom.

pd <- position_dodge(0.4)

ggplot(data = df, aes(x = dimension, y = value,
                      shape = Time, linetype = Time, group = Time)) +
  geom_line(position = pd) +
  geom_point(position = pd) +
  xlab("Dimension") + ylab("Value")

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