# R Error in xy.coords(x, y, xlabel, ylabel, log) : ‘x’ and ‘y’ length differ

In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to **handle the error in xy.coords that ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ**.

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## Example 1: Reproduce the Error Message in xy.coords – ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ

This example illustrates how to replicate the R programming error in xy.coords that ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ.

Let’s assume that we want to draw a scatterplot using the plot function. Then, we might try to use an R code as shown below:

plot(1:5, 1:6) # Try to draw plot with different data length # Error in xy.coords(x, y, xlabel, ylabel, log) : # 'x' and 'y' lengths differ |

plot(1:5, 1:6) # Try to draw plot with different data length # Error in xy.coords(x, y, xlabel, ylabel, log) : # 'x' and 'y' lengths differ

As you can see, the previous R code returned the error message in xy.coords that ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ to the RStudio console.

The reason for this is that the two input vectors we have inserted in the plot function have a different length.

So how can we solve this problem?

## Example 2: Fix the Error Message in xy.coords – ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ

Example 2 explains how to avoid the error in xy.coords that ‘x’ and ‘y’ lengths differ.

The easiest solution is that we shorten the longer vector of our two input vectors (i.e. the second vector):

plot(1:5, 1:5) # Same length of vectors |

plot(1:5, 1:5) # Same length of vectors

Figure 1 shows the output of the previous R programming syntax – A scatterplot created by the plot() function.

Please note that it is very important to check why both input vectors had a different length in the beginning.

Are there any missing values in one of the vectors? Is there a theoretical justification for the different vector sizes? Do the elements of both vectors match the same observation?

You should be able to answer these questions to make sure that your graphic is showing correct data points.

## Video, Further Resources & Summary

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