Specify xlim & ylim for Log-Scale in Base R Plot (2 Examples)

This article demonstrates how to set xlim & ylim for a log-scale in a Base R plot in the R programming language.

Example Data

data(iris)                     # Example 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

Example 1: How to Replicate the Warning messages: In plot.window(…) : nonfinite axis limits [GScale(-inf,1,1, .); log=1]

plot(iris$Sepal.Length,        # Try to use lower limit of zero
     iris$Sepal.Width,
     log = "xy",
     xlim = c(0, 100),
     ylim = c(0, 100))
# Warning messages:
# 1: In plot.window(...) :
#   nonfinite axis limits [GScale(-inf,1,1, .); log=1]
# 2: In plot.window(...) :
#   nonfinite axis limits [GScale(-inf,1,2, .); log=1]

r graph figure 1 specify xlim ylim for log scale base r plot

Example 2: How to Solve the Warning messages: In plot.window(…) : nonfinite axis limits [GScale(-inf,1,1, .); log=1]

plot(iris$Sepal.Length,        # Set lower axis limits slightly higher
     iris$Sepal.Width,
     log = "xy",
     xlim = c(0.00001, 10),
     ylim = c(0.00001, 10))

r graph figure 2 specify xlim ylim for log scale base r plot

Further Resources & Related Tutorials

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