Plots with multiple pages

Benjamin Guiastrennec

28 July, 2018

Bases of plot faceting

Panels (or faceting) can be created by using the facets argument as follows:

# Example with a string
dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'))

# Example with a formula
dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = SEX~MED1, margins = TRUE)

All xpose plot functions accept arguments for facet_wrap_pagninate and facet_grid_paginate (e.g. ncol = 2, labeller = 'label_both', etc.). With the default xpose theme scales are set to 'free' from one panel to another (scales = 'free'), this behavior can be changed with scales = 'fixed', 'free_y' or 'free_x'.

Faceting over multiple pages

Setting the layout

When the arguments ncol and nrow are set and under the condition that they are more panels to be drawn that can fit on a single page given the selected layout, the multiple page functionality will automatically be enabled.

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1)

Selecting pages

By default all pages will be shown but this can be time consuming. To select only specific pages to be drawn, use the argument page.

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1, page = 1)

It is also possible to change the page(s) to be drawn from an already existing xpose_plot object via the print() function.

# Create an xpose_plot, by default page = 1
p1 <- dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1)

# Change the page to be drawn
print(p1, page = 2)

Numbering pages

To number pages the keywords @page and @lastpage can be used to respectively indicate the current page and the total number of pages.

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1, page = 1, caption = 'Page @page of @lastpage')

To systematically number all generated plots a caption suffix can be defined in the xp_theme.

xpdb_numbered <- update_themes(xpdb, xp_theme = list(caption_suffix = ', page @page of @lastpage'))

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb_numbered, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1, page = 2)

Saving multiple pages plots

Multiple pages graphs can simply be saved by using the xpose_save() function.

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb_numbered, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1) %>% 
xpose_save(file = 'dv_vs_ipred_multiple.pdf')

The pdf format can conveniently store multiple pages within a single document. However other graphical devices (e.g. 'png', 'jpg') can also be used, simply ensure to have a page counter (i.e. '%03d') added the file name.

dv_vs_ipred(xpdb_numbered, facets = c('SEX', 'MED1'), ncol = 2, nrow = 1) %>% 
xpose_save(file = '@run_@plotfun_%03d.png')