# Draw ggplot2 Plot of Data Frame Subset in R (3 Examples)

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to **create a ggplot2 plot of a data frame subset** in R.

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Here’s the step-by-step process:

## Example Data, Packages & Default Graph

The following data is used as basement for this tutorial:

data <- data.frame(x = 1:10, # Create example data y = 11:20, group = LETTERS[1:2]) data # Print example data # x y group # 1 1 11 A # 2 2 12 B # 3 3 13 A # 4 4 14 B # 5 5 15 A # 6 6 16 B # 7 7 17 A # 8 8 18 B # 9 9 19 A # 10 10 20 B |

data <- data.frame(x = 1:10, # Create example data y = 11:20, group = LETTERS[1:2]) data # Print example data # x y group # 1 1 11 A # 2 2 12 B # 3 3 13 A # 4 4 14 B # 5 5 15 A # 6 6 16 B # 7 7 17 A # 8 8 18 B # 9 9 19 A # 10 10 20 B

The previous output of the RStudio console shows that the example data has ten rows and three columns. The variables x and y contain numeric values and the variable group contains a grouping indicator.

If we want to apply the functions of the ggplot2 package, we also have to install and load ggplot2:

install.packages("ggplot2") # Install & load ggplot2 library("ggplot2") |

install.packages("ggplot2") # Install & load ggplot2 library("ggplot2")

Now, we can plot our data as shown below:

ggplot(data, aes(x, y)) + # Draw all data in ggplot2 plot geom_point() |

ggplot(data, aes(x, y)) + # Draw all data in ggplot2 plot geom_point()

As shown in Figure 1, the previous R programming syntax created a ggplot2 scatterplot showing the data points of our entire data frame.

## Example 1: Creating ggplot2 Plot of Data Frame Subset Using Square Brackets

This example shows how to draw a data frame subset in a ggplot2 plot by using square brackets and the %in% operator to subset our data frame by logical condition in R.

Have a look at the following R syntax:

ggplot(data[data$group %in% "A", ], aes(x, y)) + # Draw only subset of data geom_point() |

ggplot(data[data$group %in% "A", ], aes(x, y)) + # Draw only subset of data geom_point()

As shown in Figure 2, the previous R programming syntax created a ggplot2 plot that shows only one of the two groups contained in our data frame.

## Example 2: Creating ggplot2 Plot of Data Frame Subset Using subset() Function

Alternatively to square brackets (as shown in Example 1), we can also use the subset function before drawing our data:

ggplot(subset(data, group %in% "A"), aes(x, y)) + # Apply subset function geom_point() |

ggplot(subset(data, group %in% "A"), aes(x, y)) + # Apply subset function geom_point()

As shown in Figure 3, the previous R code plotted exactly the same ggplot2 graph as the R code of Example 1.

## Example 3: Create Data Frame Subset Before Plotting

Another alternative is that we create a data frame subset in the forefront of drawing our plot.

In step 1, we construct a new data frame…

data_subset <- data[data$group %in% "A", ] # Extract certain rows of data frame |

data_subset <- data[data$group %in% "A", ] # Extract certain rows of data frame

…and in step 2, we create a plot based on the previously created data:

ggplot(data_subset, aes(x, y)) + # Using reduced data frame in plot geom_point() |

ggplot(data_subset, aes(x, y)) + # Using reduced data frame in plot geom_point()

As you can see in Figure 4, the previous syntax also created the same plot as in the previous examples.

## Video, Further Resources & Summary

Do you need more information on the content of this tutorial? Then you might watch the following video of my YouTube channel. In the video, I explain the R codes of this article in RStudio.

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In addition, you might want to read the related articles on my website. I have released several posts about similar topics such as variables, graphics in R, regression models, and dates.

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This tutorial explained how to **draw only selected rows of a data frame in a ggplot2 graphic** in R programming. Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments, in case you have further questions.

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