How to Store a Plot in a Data Object Using Base R (Example Code)

In this R tutorial you’ll learn how to save a Base R plot in a data object.

Creation of Example Data

data(iris)                                   # Load iris data
head(iris)
#   Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species
# 1          5.1         3.5          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 2          4.9         3.0          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 3          4.7         3.2          1.3         0.2  setosa
# 4          4.6         3.1          1.5         0.2  setosa
# 5          5.0         3.6          1.4         0.2  setosa
# 6          5.4         3.9          1.7         0.4  setosa
plot(iris$Sepal.Length, iris$Sepal.Width)    # Example plot

r graph figure 1 store data object using base r

Example: Saving Graph in Data Object with recordPlot Function

plot_object <- recordPlot()                  # Apply recordPlot to save plot
plot.new()                                   # Delete plot from RStudio
plot_object                                  # Print saved plot again

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