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July 09, 2009


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Thanks for the post and links. The "Learning R" blog is great indeed and worth recommending.

I was curious why do you think 'lattice' is easier to learn than, say, base graphics?

I mostly use base system. I use lattice mainly for making fancy conditioning plots (a la 'coplot'). I remember that to be able to pass some arguments to low-level point-within-panel-drawing function these had to take the form of nested lists... Which was pretty unintuitive for me.


I would say that lattice is quite difficult to learn too, but very powerful and I much prefer it to ggplot. ggplot is great, but I haven't yet found a reason to use it instead of lattice.

I agree that the post comparing the two systems is really very good. It probably will provide the most useful information around on these two systems by the end of it.

I would also agree that lattice is not easier to learn, but it (currently) has some advantages over ggplot. One significant one is speed; another is finer control over settings. However, one aspect I really like about ggplot is altering colour/shape/lwd etc. by value in the data, which can be hard going in lattice.

It will be interesting to see how the comparisons will stand up later on in Deepayan's book where finer control and surfaces are considered...it would also be useful if 'learnr' provides some thoughts on the good/bad at the end of it.

BTW - the Revolutions blog is excellent.


This looks fantastic. I'm pumped!

Too bad I already spent so much time looking at help(par)...

But oh well, I guess that's the way computer systems work, always improving.

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