Save Plot in Data Object in Base R (Example)
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to store a graphic in a data object in R programming.
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Let’s jump right to the example!
Example: Save Graphic in Data Object Using recordPlot Function
The following R programming code explains how to record a Base R plot in a data object by applying the recordPlot function.
plot(1:5, 1:5) # Create plot
Figure 1 shows the output of the previous R code – a simple plot created with the basic graphic options of the R programming language.
If we want to save this plot in a data object, we can use the recordPlot function as follows:
my_plot <- recordPlot() # Save plot in data object
Let’s test if it worked! First, we need to remove the plot that is already drawn in RStudio:
plot.new() # Create empty plot window in RStudio
Now, we simply need to call the data object, in which our plot is stored, to recreate the plot:
my_plot # Draw saved plot
Our plot should be shown again in your RStudio environment.
Video, Further Resources & Summary
Do you need more info on the content of this tutorial? Then you could have a look at the following video of my YouTube channel. I’m explaining the R syntax of this article in the video.
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Furthermore, you might have a look at some of the other articles that I have published on Statistics Globe. You can find a selection of tutorials about the plotting of data here:
In this tutorial, I explained how to save a Base R plot in a data object in the R programming language. Please let me know in the comments, if you have further questions and/or comments.