# xy.coords {grDevices}

Extracting Plotting Structures
Package:
grDevices
Version:
R 2.15.3

### Description

`xy.coords` is used by many functions to obtain x and y coordinates for plotting. The use of this common mechanism across all relevant R functions produces a measure of consistency.

### Usage

```xy.coords(x, y = NULL, xlab = NULL, ylab = NULL, log = NULL,
recycle = FALSE)
```

### Arguments

x, y
the x and y coordinates of a set of points. Alternatively, a single argument `x` can be provided.
xlab, ylab
names for the x and y variables to be extracted.
log
character, `"x"`, `"y"` or both, as for `plot`. Sets negative values to `NA` and gives a warning.
recycle
logical; if `TRUE`, recycle (`rep`) the shorter of `x` or `y` if their lengths differ.

### Details

An attempt is made to interpret the arguments `x` and `y` in a way suitable for bivariate plotting (or other bivariate procedures).

If `y` is `NULL` and `x` is a

formula:
of the form `yvar ~ xvar`. `xvar` and `yvar` are used as x and y variables.
list:
containing components `x` and `y`, these are used to define plotting coordinates.
time series:
the x values are taken to be `time(x)` and the y values to be the time series.
matrix or `data.frame` with two or more columns:
the first is assumed to contain the x values and the second the y values. Note that is also true if `x` has columns named `"x"` and `"y"`; these names will be irrelevant here.

In any other case, the `x` argument is coerced to a vector and returned as y component where the resulting `x` is just the index vector `1:n`. In this case, the resulting `xlab` component is set to `"Index"`.

If `x` (after transformation as above) inherits from class `"POSIXt"` it is coerced to class `"POSIXct"`.

### Values

A list with the components

x
numeric (i.e., `"double"`) vector of abscissa values.
y
numeric vector of the same length as `x`.
xlab
`character(1)` or `NULL`, the ‘label’ of `x`.
ylab
`character(1)` or `NULL`, the ‘label’ of `y`.

`plot.default`, `lines`, `points` and `lowess` are examples of functions which use this mechanism.

### Examples

```xy.coords(stats::fft(c(1:9)), NULL)

with(cars, xy.coords(dist ~ speed, NULL)\$xlab ) # = "speed"

xy.coords(1:3, 1:2, recycle = TRUE)
xy.coords(-2:10, NULL, log = "y")
##> warning: 3 y values <= 0 omitted ..```

Documentation reproduced from R 2.15.3. License: GPL-2.