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The Grammar of Graphics

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The paper in which Hadley Wickham originally discussed the grammar of graphics and how it applies to ggplot2 can be found here.

There is a section of Kieran Healy’s book Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction that discusses the application of the grammar of graphics to ggplot2. Claus Wilke also talks about the grammar of graphics in his book.

General ggplot2 Resources

Start with chapter 3 of R for Data Science by Hadley Wickham, which shows the basics of ggplot2. The RStudio primers on visualizing data provide another great place to get started.

To see ggplot2 in action, check out the ggplot2 flipbook by Gina Reynolds, which shows each step in building various plots. Both the R Graph Gallery and From Data to Viz show examples of plots and provide code to make them.

Two great books on the fundamentals of data visualization that include ggplot2 code are Fundamentals of Data Visualization by Claus Wilke and Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction by Kieran Healy.

Another good reference book is the R Graphics Cookbook by Winston Chang, which has “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.”

Finally, I recommend you print out and keep the ggplot cheatsheet handy. I have one by my desk and use it all the time!

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Sara Cifuentes

Sara Cifuentes

April 6, 2022

Hi Charlie and David, I wondered how long we would have access to all the material in this course after this course is over. Is it because you have a lot of valuable information that you show us in the "learn more" part, and I don't know if I should review everything in one moment or review it as questions arise in my learning journey with R? Thanks!

The resources you share are so useful. Thank you!