R Graphics Cookbook
Practical Recipes for Visualizing Data
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2012
Pages: 416

This practical guide provides more than 150 recipes to help you generate high-quality graphs quickly, without having to comb through all the details of R’s graphing systems. Each recipe tackles a specific problem with a solution you can apply to your own project, and includes a discussion of how and why the recipe works.

Most of the recipes use the ggplot2 package, a powerful and flexible way to make graphs in R. If you have a basic understanding of the R language, you’re ready to get started.

  • Use R’s default graphics for quick exploration of data
  • Create a variety of bar graphs, line graphs, and scatter plots
  • Summarize data distributions with histograms, density curves, box plots, and other examples
  • Provide annotations to help viewers interpret data
  • Control the overall appearance of graphics
  • Render data groups alongside each other for easy comparison
  • Use colors in plots
  • Create network graphs, heat maps, and 3D scatter plots
  • Structure data for graphing
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    5.0

    This is a must-have if you are into R

    By SpeedyEddie

    from Singapore

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    • Easy to understand
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    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

      There is a treasure trove here! Lot's of nice diagrams that make data visualization possible. Thanks to R and thanks to Winston Chang.

      To author Winston: You rock, dude!

       
      4.0

      A very useful tool book

      By Joseph

      from Dallas, TX

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        Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

        This is a very useful tool book. It shows new and very complete techniques of using ggplot2. I find it to be very helpful than the original book of ggplot2.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        ggplot2 Graphics Cookbook

        By bduncan

        from Toronto, ON, Canada

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        • Not comprehensive enough

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        • Companion

        Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

        It makes a good companion to the "R in a Nutshell" book, but don't look for any recipes for Lattice graphics in here for example; not even a mention. It's pretty much all about ggplot2 and not much else.

        It also doesn't dive deeply into the strange (for me) syntax of ggplot2. This books is really about some recipes and, if you're looking for some specifics that are covered, this works well. If you're new to R, then you will also want to pick up some other books to read as well..

         
        4.0

        A good place to start

        By Crooch

        from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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          Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

          The other reviewers cover the merits of this book quite well. For me this book was a welcome change to most of the other R books. I have found that learning R has so far been a tedious and difficult journey. This book has made R feel much more accessable to me and of course it covers one of R's nicest spin-offs. At the very least this book is a very good reference.

           
          5.0

          Graphics Straight to the Point

          By The constant Developer

          from Denmark

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            Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

            It's a highly recommendable Cookbook. It's straight to the point, and very methodical.

             
            5.0

            Value beyond the two existing GG books.

            By Will Beasley

            from Norman, OK

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              Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

              I've been using ggplot for at least two years, and I've thoroughly read Wilkinson's book and Wickham's book. Yet *R Graphics Cookbook* had a lot of additional value for me.

              There are many details and examples that improved the code I was already using, even if it was just more concise. Even when the examples were consistent with my existing approach, the material was valuable because it reinforced the approach, and consequently I'd spend less time considering alternatives when encountering similar scenarios later.

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              5.0

              Lots of good examples

              By GregDol

              from Guangdong, China

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                Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                I came across this book searching for a new R language book to use for one of my Coursera classes and I have never regret buying it. Not only by having step-by-step recipes for creating graphs but also these instructions helped me a lot in learning the language. Maybe some of the examples are a bit outdated due to the new software versions, but never less it is a good book for the beginners (although I had an extensive programming experience before, but not with R) and the intermediate users. For experienced users, I think there might be better options out there.

                 
                4.0

                Nice to see progress in graphing data

                By coolBob

                from Newton, MA

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                  Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                  I haven't had a chance to work through the book in detail, but overall, it seems to cover tons of useful stuff.

                  I was the manuscript reviewer for

                  The Elements of Graphing Data
                  by William S. Cleveland (1985)

                  So I've been following this field for a long time.

                   
                  5.0

                  Precise, concise and worth every penny

                  By Valentin

                  from Ithaca, NY

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                    Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                    This book exceeds my expectation and now I use it on daily basis. If you need a reference book with examples which you may or will use in your analysis you don't need to look any further. It has everything you need from basic plots to examples which can serve your business very well.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great resource

                    By Ecologist Matt

                    from Long Island, NY

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                      Comments about oreilly R Graphics Cookbook:

                      This is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to produce high quality data plots in R. It's also a good way to get up an running with using ggplot2. I still have to reach out to other resources (specifically the authors own Cookbook for R website and Hadley Wickham's ggplot website), but overall, I've found this book really easy to understand, easy to follow, and easy to use.

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