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February 15, 2018


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Hi David, I agree that the basic R graphics with R are pretty boring. When we add additional code the the basics, we are allowed to create some pretty good looking graphs with some better graphics than what we can create with ggplot2.

One way to look at base graphics versus grid graphics is that the information in base graphics is in the code that calls the various functions. Because of this modular design, you can add and subtract almost any graphic element. The downside is that you have to manage the layers and scaling yourself, but that means that you don't have to fight with functions that think they know what you want to do.

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