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Scatter plots in R Language

  • Last Updated : 21 Apr, 2020

A scatter plot is a set of dotted points to represent individual pieces of data in the horizontal and vertical axis. A graph in which the values of two variables are plotted along X-axis and Y-axis, the pattern of the resulting points reveals a correlation between them.

The simple scatterplot is created using the plot() function.

Syntax:

plot(x, y, main, xlab, ylab, xlim, ylim, axes)

Parameters:

  • x: This parameter sets the horizontal coordinates.
  • y: This parameter sets the vertical coordinates.
  • xlab: This parameter is the label for horizontal axis.
  • ylab: This parameter is the label for vertical axis.
  • main: This parameter main is the title of the chart.
  • xlim: This parameter is used for plotting values of x.
  • ylim: This parameter is used for plotting values of y.
  • axes: This parameter indicates whether both axes should be drawn on the plot.

Simple Scatterplot Chart

Approach: In order to create Scatterplot Chart:



  1. We use the data set “mtcars”.
  2. Use the columns “wt” and “mpg” in mtcars.

Example:




input <- mtcars[, c('wt', 'mpg')]
print(head(input))

Output:

Creating a Scatterplot Graph

Approach: In order to create Scatterplot graph:

  1. We are using the required parameters to plot the graph.
  2. In this ‘xlab’ describes the X-axis and ‘ylab’ describes the Y-axis.

Example:




# Get the input values.
input <- mtcars[, c('wt', 'mpg')]
   
# Plot the chart for cars with 
# weight between 1.5 to 4 and 
# mileage between 10 and 25.
plot(x = input$wt, y = input$mpg,
     xlab = "Weight",
     ylab = "Milage",
     xlim = c(1.5, 4),
     ylim = c(10, 25),         
     main = "Weight vs Milage"
)
      

Output:

Scatterplot Matrices

When we have two or more variables and we want to correlate between one variable and others so we use a scatterplot matrix.

pairs() function is used to create matrices of scatterplots.

Syntax:



pairs(formula, data)

Parameters:

  • formula: This parameter represents the series of variables used in pairs.
  • data: This parameter represents the data set from which the variables will be taken.

Example:




# Plot the matrices between 4 variables giving 12 plots.
  
# One variable with 3 others and total 4 variables.
pairs(~wt + mpg + disp + cyl, data = mtcars,
       main = "Scatterplot Matrix")

Output:

Scatterplot with fitted values

Approach: In order to create Scatterplot Chart:

  1. We are using the ggplot2 package provides ggplot() and geom_point() function for creating a scatterplot.
  2. Also we are using the columns “wt” and “mpg” in mtcars.

Example:




# Loading ggplot2 package  
library(ggplot2)  
    
# Creating scatterplot with fitted values.  
# An additional function stst_smooth 
# is used for linear regression.  
ggplot(mtcars, aes(x = log(mpg), y = log(drat))) + 
           geom_point(aes(color = factor(gear))) + 
           stat_smooth(method = "lm",
           col = "#C42126", se = FALSE, size = 1
)  

Output:

Adding title with dynamic name

Approach: To create Scatterplot Chart, Adding a sub-title:

  1. We use additional function, In ggplot we add the data set “mtcars” with this adding ‘aes’, ‘geom_point’.
  2. Use the Title, Caption, Subtitle.

Example:




# Loading ggplot2 package  
library(ggplot2)  
    
# Creating scatterplot with fitted values.  
# An additional function stst_smooth 
# is used for linear regression.  
new_graph<-ggplot(mtcars, aes(x = log(mpg), y = log(drat))) +
                      geom_point(aes(color = factor(gear))) + 
                      stat_smooth(method = "lm", col = "#C42126"
                      se = FALSE, size = 1)  
  
# in above example lm is used for linear regression 
# and se stands for standard error.  
# Adding title with dynamic name  
new_graph + labs(  
        title = "Relation between Mile per hours and drat",  
        subtitle = "Relationship break down by gear class",  
        caption = "Authors own computation" 

Output:




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