# Draw Plot of Function Curve in R (2 Examples)

In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to **create a plot showing the curve of a user-defined function**.

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So now the part you have been waiting for – the examples:

## Example Function

Let’s first create a user-defined function in R:

my_fun <- function(x) { # Create own function x^2 - x * 1000 } |

my_fun <- function(x) { # Create own function x^2 - x * 1000 }

Next, I’ll show how to plot this function. So keep on reading!

## Example 1: Plotting Function Curve Using Base R

In Example 1, I’ll explain how to draw a function in a plot using the curve() command of the basic installation of R programming.

curve(my_fun, from = - 5000, to = 5000) # Apply curve |

curve(my_fun, from = - 5000, to = 5000) # Apply curve

As you can see in Figure 1, we created a graphic showing our function with the previous R programming code.

## Example 2: Plotting Function Curve Using ggplot2 Package

Example 2 explains how to use the commands of the ggplot2 package to create a function plot. We first have to install and load the ggplot2 package:

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

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

Furthermore, we have to create a data frame containing the range of input values between which we want to draw our function:

data_fun <- data.frame(x = c(- 5000, 5000)) # Create data frame containing range |

data_fun <- data.frame(x = c(- 5000, 5000)) # Create data frame containing range

Now, we can use the stat_function command of the ggplot2 package to draw our function:

ggplot(data_fun, aes(x)) + # Draw ggplot2 plot stat_function(fun = my_fun) |

ggplot(data_fun, aes(x)) + # Draw ggplot2 plot stat_function(fun = my_fun)

You can see the resulting graph in Figure 2. As you can see, it’s the same function as in Example 1, but this time in a different layout (which is prettier, if you ask me).

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In summary: At this point you should have learned how to **draw a manually specified function** in the R programming language. Tell me about it in the comments, if you have further questions.

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