Lattice versus ggplot2

I really liked Lattice for generating graphs in R until I saw what ggplot2 can do …
One of the big differences between the two is the theory on which ggplot2 is based upon. There are clear modular building blocks that can be applied in a consistent manner on any graph generated. Both packages are extremely versatile but at the end of the day I think ggplot2 provides a clearer structure and hence more flexibility …

Hadley Wickham (the author of ggplot2) has a book out on ggplot2 at Springer. Some sample chapters can be downloaded from his webpage.

The learningR people have a long series of posts where they provide ggplot2 code for nearly all the graphs in the Lattice book … worth taking a look at!
Here is an in depth

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  1. (Just spotted your web page via your post today to the JDM list.) Also started to play with ggplot2 recently. Sometimes it’s a tad slow, though. You might also be interested in rggobi. See here for how to get it going (if you haven’t already used it):

    http://figuraleffect.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/rggobi/

    Very cool for interactive spinning display things. Looks useful for data exploration, supplemented with a spot of coding.

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