Scatter plots with conditioning and three main approaches: conventional scatterPlot, hexagonal binning and kernel density estimates. The former also has options for fitting smooth fits and linear models with uncertainties shown.

## Usage

```
scatterPlot(
mydata,
x = "nox",
y = "no2",
z = NA,
method = "scatter",
group = NA,
avg.time = "default",
data.thresh = 0,
statistic = "mean",
percentile = NA,
type = "default",
smooth = FALSE,
spline = FALSE,
linear = FALSE,
ci = TRUE,
mod.line = FALSE,
cols = "hue",
plot.type = "p",
key = TRUE,
key.title = group,
key.columns = 1,
key.position = "right",
strip = TRUE,
log.x = FALSE,
log.y = FALSE,
x.inc = NULL,
y.inc = NULL,
limits = NULL,
windflow = NULL,
y.relation = "same",
x.relation = "same",
ref.x = NULL,
ref.y = NULL,
k = NA,
dist = 0.02,
map = FALSE,
auto.text = TRUE,
plot = TRUE,
...
)
```

## Arguments

- mydata
A data frame containing at least two numeric variables to plot.

- x
Name of the x-variable to plot. Note that x can be a date field or a factor. For example,

`x`

can be one of the`openair`

built in types such as`"year"`

or`"season"`

.- y
Name of the numeric y-variable to plot.

- z
Name of the numeric z-variable to plot for

`method = "scatter"`

or`method = "level"`

. Note that for`method = "scatter"`

points will be coloured according to a continuous colour scale, whereas for`method = "level"`

the surface is coloured.- method
Methods include “scatter” (conventional scatter plot), “hexbin” (hexagonal binning using the

`hexbin`

package). “level” for a binned or smooth surface plot and “density” (2D kernel density estimates).- group
The grouping variable to use, if any. Setting this to a variable in the data frame has the effect of plotting several series in the same panel using different symbols/colours etc. If set to a variable that is a character or factor, those categories or factor levels will be used directly. If set to a numeric variable, it will split that variable in to quantiles.

- avg.time
This defines the time period to average to. Can be “sec”, “min”, “hour”, “day”, “DSTday”, “week”, “month”, “quarter” or “year”. For much increased flexibility a number can precede these options followed by a space. For example, a timeAverage of 2 months would be

`period = "2 month"`

. See function`timeAverage`

for further details on this. This option se useful as one method by which the number of points plotted is reduced i.e. by choosing a longer averaging time.- data.thresh
The data capture threshold to use (\ the data using

`avg.time`

. A value of zero means that all available data will be used in a particular period regardless if of the number of values available. Conversely, a value of 100 will mean that all data will need to be present for the average to be calculated, else it is recorded as`NA`

. Not used if`avg.time = "default"`

.- statistic
The statistic to apply when aggregating the data; default is the mean. Can be one of "mean", "max", "min", "median", "frequency", "sd", "percentile". Note that "sd" is the standard deviation and "frequency" is the number (frequency) of valid records in the period. "percentile" is the percentile level (\ "percentile" option - see below. Not used if

`avg.time = "default"`

.- percentile
The percentile level in percent used when

`statistic = "percentile"`

and when aggregating the data with`avg.time`

. The default is 95. Not used if`avg.time = "default"`

.- type
`type`

determines how the data are split i.e. conditioned, and then plotted. The default is will produce a single plot using the entire data. Type can be one of the built-in types as detailed in`cutData`

e.g. “season”, “year”, “weekday” and so on. For example,`type = "season"`

will produce four plots — one for each season.It is also possible to choose

`type`

as another variable in the data frame. If that variable is numeric, then the data will be split into four quantiles (if possible) and labelled accordingly. If type is an existing character or factor variable, then those categories/levels will be used directly. This offers great flexibility for understanding the variation of different variables and how they depend on one another.Type can be up length two e.g.

`type = c("season", "weekday")`

will produce a 2x2 plot split by season and day of the week. Note, when two types are provided the first forms the columns and the second the rows.- smooth
A smooth line is fitted to the data if

`TRUE`

; optionally with 95 percent confidence intervals shown. For`method = "level"`

a smooth surface will be fitted to binned data.- spline
A smooth spline is fitted to the data if

`TRUE`

. This is particularly useful when there are fewer data points or when a connection line between a sequence of points is required.- linear
A linear model is fitted to the data if

`TRUE`

; optionally with 95 percent confidence intervals shown. The equation of the line and R2 value is also shown.- ci
Should the confidence intervals for the smooth/linear fit be shown?

- mod.line
If

`TRUE`

three lines are added to the scatter plot to help inform model evaluation. The 1:1 line is solid and the 1:0.5 and 1:2 lines are dashed. Together these lines help show how close a group of points are to a 1:1 relationship and also show the points that are within a factor of two (FAC2).`mod.line`

is appropriately transformed when x or y axes are on a log scale.- cols
Colours to be used for plotting. Options include “default”, “increment”, “heat”, “jet” and

`RColorBrewer`

colours — see the`openair`

`openColours`

function for more details. For user defined the user can supply a list of colour names recognised by R (type`colours()`

to see the full list). An example would be`cols = c("yellow", "green", "blue")`

- plot.type
`lattice`

plot type. Can be “p” (points — default), “l” (lines) or “b” (lines and points).- key
Should a key be drawn? The default is

`TRUE`

.- key.title
The title of the key (if used).

- key.columns
Number of columns to be used in the key. With many pollutants a single column can make to key too wide. The user can thus choose to use several columns by setting

`columns`

to be less than the number of pollutants.- key.position
Location where the scale key is to plotted. Allowed arguments currently include “top”, “right”, “bottom” and “left”.

- strip
Should a strip be drawn? The default is

`TRUE`

.- log.x
Should the x-axis appear on a log scale? The default is

`FALSE`

. If`TRUE`

a well-formatted log10 scale is used. This can be useful for checking linearity once logged.- log.y
Should the y-axis appear on a log scale? The default is

`FALSE`

. If`TRUE`

a well-formatted log10 scale is used. This can be useful for checking linearity once logged.- x.inc
The x-interval to be used for binning data when

`method = "level"`

.- y.inc
The y-interval to be used for binning data when

`method = "level"`

.- limits
For

`method = "level"`

the function does its best to choose sensible limits automatically. However, there are circumstances when the user will wish to set different ones. The limits are set in the form`c(lower, upper)`

, so`limits = c(0, 100)`

would force the plot limits to span 0-100.- windflow
This option allows a scatter plot to show the wind speed/direction shows as an arrow. The option is a list e.g.

`windflow = list(col = "grey", lwd = 2, scale = 0.1)`

. This option requires wind speed (`ws`

) and wind direction (`wd`

) to be available.The maximum length of the arrow plotted is a fraction of the plot dimension with the longest arrow being

`scale`

of the plot x-y dimension. Note, if the plot size is adjusted manually by the user it should be re-plotted to ensure the correct wind angle. The list may contain other options to`panel.arrows`

in the`lattice`

package. Other useful options include`length`

, which controls the length of the arrow head and`angle`

, which controls the angle of the arrow head.This option works best where there are not too many data to ensure over-plotting does not become a problem.

- y.relation
This determines how the y-axis scale is plotted. “same” ensures all panels use the same scale and “free” will use panel-specific scales. The latter is a useful setting when plotting data with very different values.

- x.relation
This determines how the x-axis scale is plotted. “same” ensures all panels use the same scale and “free” will use panel-specific scales. The latter is a useful setting when plotting data with very different values.

- ref.x
See

`ref.y`

for details.- ref.y
A list with details of the horizontal lines to be added representing reference line(s). For example,

`ref.y = list(h = 50, lty = 5)`

will add a dashed horizontal line at 50. Several lines can be plotted e.g.`ref.y = list(h = c(50, 100), lty = c(1, 5), col = c("green", "blue"))`

. See`panel.abline`

in the`lattice`

package for more details on adding/controlling lines.- k
Smoothing parameter supplied to

`gam`

for fitting a smooth surface when`method = "level"`

.- dist
When plotting smooth surfaces (

`method = "level"`

and`smooth = TRUE`

,`dist`

controls how far from the original data the predictions should be made. See`exclude.too.far`

from the`mgcv`

package. Data are first transformed to a unit square. Values should be between 0 and 1.- map
Should a base map be drawn? This option is under development.

- auto.text
Either

`TRUE`

(default) or`FALSE`

. If`TRUE`

titles and axis labels will automatically try and format pollutant names and units properly e.g. by subscripting the ‘2’ in NO2.- plot
Should a plot be produced?

`FALSE`

can be useful when analysing data to extract plot components and plotting them in other ways.- ...
Other graphical parameters are passed onto

`cutData`

and an appropriate`lattice`

plot function (`xyplot`

,`levelplot`

or`hexbinplot`

depending on`method`

). For example,`scatterPlot`

passes the option`hemisphere = "southern"`

on to`cutData`

to provide southern (rather than default northern) hemisphere handling of`type = "season"`

. Similarly, for the default case`method = "scatter"`

common axis and title labelling options (such as`xlab`

,`ylab`

,`main`

) are passed to`xyplot`

via`quickText`

to handle routine formatting. Other common graphical parameters, e.g.`layout`

for panel arrangement,`pch`

for plot symbol and`lwd`

and`lty`

for line width and type, as also available (see examples below).For

`method = "hexbin"`

it can be useful to transform the scale if it is dominated by a few very high values. This is possible by supplying two functions: one that that applies the transformation and the other that inverses it. For log scaling (the default) for example,`trans = function(x) log(x)`

and`inv = function(x) exp(x)`

. For a square root transform use`trans = sqrt`

and`inv = function(x) x^2`

. To not carry out any transformation the options`trans = NULL`

and`inv = NULL`

should be used.

## Value

an openair object

## Details

`scatterPlot()`

is the basic function for plotting scatter plots in flexible
ways in `openair`

. It is flexible enough to consider lots of
conditioning variables and takes care of fitting smooth or linear
relationships to the data.

There are four main ways of plotting the relationship between two variables,
which are set using the `method`

option. The default `"scatter"`

will plot a conventional scatterPlot. In cases where there are lots of data
and over-plotting becomes a problem, then `method = "hexbin"`

or
`method = "density"`

can be useful. The former requires the
`hexbin`

package to be installed.

There is also a `method = "level"`

which will bin the `x`

and
`y`

data according to the intervals set for `x.inc`

and
`y.inc`

and colour the bins according to levels of a third variable,
`z`

. Sometimes however, a far better understanding of the relationship
between three variables (`x`

, `y`

and `z`

) is gained by
fitting a smooth surface through the data. See examples below.

A smooth fit is shown if `smooth = TRUE`

which can help show the overall
form of the data e.g. whether the relationship appears to be linear or not.
Also, a linear fit can be shown using `linear = TRUE`

as an option.

The user has fine control over the choice of colours and symbol type used.

Another way of reducing the number of points used in the plots which can
sometimes be useful is to aggregate the data. For example, hourly data can be
aggregated to daily data. See `timePlot()`

for examples here.

By default plots are shown with a colour key at the bottom and in the case of
conditioning, strips on the top of each plot. Sometimes this may be overkill
and the user can opt to remove the key and/or the strip by setting `key`

and/or `strip`

to `FALSE`

. One reason to do this is to maximise the
plotting area and therefore the information shown.

## See also

`linearRelation`

, `timePlot`

and
`timeAverage()`

for details on selecting averaging times and other
statistics in a flexible way

## Examples

```
# load openair data if not loaded already
dat2004 <- selectByDate(mydata, year = 2004)
# basic use, single pollutant
scatterPlot(dat2004, x = "nox", y = "no2")
if (FALSE) { # \dontrun{
# scatterPlot by year
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "year")
} # }
# scatterPlot by day of the week, removing key at bottom
scatterPlot(dat2004, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "weekday", key =
FALSE)
# example of the use of continuous where colour is used to show
# different levels of a third (numeric) variable
# plot daily averages and choose a filled plot symbol (pch = 16)
# select only 2004
if (FALSE) { # \dontrun{
scatterPlot(dat2004, x = "nox", y = "no2", z = "co", avg.time = "day", pch = 16)
# show linear fit, by year
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "year", smooth =
FALSE, linear = TRUE)
# do the same, but for daily means...
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "year", smooth =
FALSE, linear = TRUE, avg.time = "day")
# log scales
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "year", smooth =
FALSE, linear = TRUE, avg.time = "day", log.x = TRUE, log.y = TRUE)
# also works with the x-axis in date format (alternative to timePlot)
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "date", y = "no2", avg.time = "month",
key = FALSE)
## multiple types and grouping variable and continuous colour scale
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", z = "o3", type = c("season", "weekend"))
# use hexagonal binning
library(hexbin)
# basic use, single pollutant
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", method = "hexbin")
# scatterPlot by year
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", type = "year", method =
"hexbin")
## bin data and plot it - can see how for high NO2, O3 is also high
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", z = "o3", method = "level", dist = 0.02)
## fit surface for clearer view of relationship - clear effect of
## increased O3
scatterPlot(mydata, x = "nox", y = "no2", z = "o3", method = "level",
x.inc = 10, y.inc = 2, smooth = TRUE)
} # }
```