The above plot is from our manuscript and instantly brings to mind a warped version of the commonly seen “structure plots” in population genetic studies such as our recent study of Lepidonotothen . I rather like Andy’s idea of displaying these plots in circles and think this is a great compliment to the commonly seen frequency tables. In the above plot it is pretty easy to notice lots of army green hues (corresponding to orthopterans and isopods) in panel B and little to none in panel’s C and D.
Andy’s code uses two other R packages. Install them and load
now set your working directory to save files
setwd("~/Documents/your directory here")
In order to follow along, you will need to go here and download the two gecko example csv that begin with “R tutorial” .
To begin, read in the .csv files.
dietsgeckoproportions <- read.csv("R_tutorial_dietfreq.csv") dietsgeckologic <- read.csv("R_tutorial_dietlogic.csv")
If you look at the first file “R_tutorial_dietfreq.csv” it is a frequency table of the gut contents we found in these geckos. The second file “R_tutorial_dietlogic.csv” adds the locality, sex, and specimen numbers to this data. Now let’s bind this data together and make this a giant stack of data using the handy melt function:
dietsgeckoproportions1 <- cbind(dietsgeckologic$Site2, dietsgeckologic$Specimen.., dietsgeckoproportions) colnames(dietsgeckoproportions1) <- "Site" colnames(dietsgeckoproportions1) <- "Specimen" dietsgeckoproportions2 <- melt(dietsgeckoproportions1, id.var=c("Site","Specimen"))
That is pretty much all we need to start plotting using ggplot. Let’s quickly define a color palette using topo.colors and 15 colors since we have 15 prey categories.
cols = topo.colors(15)
Note here that you could use
cols = rainbow(15, s=.6, v=.9)[sample(1:15,15)] to get a rainbow template or
cols = c("#4C00FFFF", "#0000FFFF", "#004CFFFF" ....) to feed a vector of user defined colors.
Now that we have a color scheme let’s make a ggplot object that we can plot
p2 <- ggplot(dietsgeckoproportions2, aes(x = Specimen, y = value, fill = as.factor(variable))) + geom_bar(stat = "identity",width=1) + theme_set(theme_bw(10)) + scale_fill_manual(values = cols, name = "Prey Category", breaks=c("Diptera", "Lepidoptera","Coleoptera","Archnid_scorp","Archnid_spider","Other", "Nematodes", "Centipede", "Isopod", "Hemiptera", "Hymenoptera", "Orthoptera", "Ephermeroptera", "Gecko_skin", "Blattaria"), labels=c("Diptera", "Lepidoptera","Coleoptera","Archnid scorpion","Archnid spider","Other", "Nematodes", "Centipede", "Isopod", "Hemiptera", "Hymenoptera", "Orthoptera", "Ephermeroptera", "Gecko skin", "Blattaria"))
It looks like a lot, but the bulk of that block is just definied prey categories. Basically the above is using our melted object to set the conditions of the stacked plot. If you don’t like the polarized look, you can get a stacked plot by simply typing
The legend will need to be tweaked and it is a little off but you get the idea and can mess with the ggplot settings to customize. Since we are moving on to circular plots we can ignore this and add one last line of code.
p2 + coord_polar() + ylim(-0.5,1.2)
That’s it! From here you can keep modifying the above, breaking out different subsets of data such as sites, or begin to use your favorite graphic editing software to customize as you like.
If you use this tutorial and code in a project, please cite: