mapplot {latticeExtra}R Documentation

Trellis displays on Maps a.k.a. Choropleth maps


Produces Trellis displays of numeric (and eventually categorical) data on a map. This is largely meant as a demonstration, and users looking for serious map drawing capabilities should look elsewhere (see below).


mapplot(x, data, ...)

## S3 method for class 'formula':
mapplot(x, data, map, outer = TRUE,
        prepanel = prepanel.mapplot,
        panel = panel.mapplot,
        aspect = "iso",
        legend = NULL,
        breaks, cuts = 30,
        colramp = colorRampPalette(brewer.pal(n = 11, name = "Spectral")),
        colorkey = TRUE,

prepanel.mapplot(x, y, map, ...)
panel.mapplot(x, y, map, breaks, colramp, exact = FALSE, lwd = 0.5, ...)


The remaining arguments are standard lattice arguments, relvant here mostly because they have different defaults than usual:

x, y For mapplot, an object on which method dispatch is carried out. For the formula method, a formula of the form y ~ x, with additional conditioning variables as desired. The extended form of conditioning using y ~ x1 + x2 etc. is also allowed. The formula might be interpreted as in a dot plot, except that y is taken to be the names of geographical units in map.

Suitable subsets (packets) of x and y are passed to the prepanel and panel functions.

data A data source where names in the formula are evaluated
map An object of class "map" (package maps), containing boundary information. The names of the geographical units must match the y variable in the formula.
outer logical; how variables separated by + in the formula are interpreted. It is not advisable to change the default.
prepanel, panel the prepanel and panel functions
aspect aspect ratio
breaks, cuts, colramp controls conversion of numeric x values to a false color. colramp should be a function that produces colors (such as cm.colors). If it is NULL, colors are taken from trellis.par.get("regions").
exact the default exact = FALSE allows the given y values to match sub-regions of map, i.e. region names with a qualifier following ":", like "michigan:north", "michigan:south". These will both match a y value of "Michigan".
legend, colorkey controls legends; usually just a color key giving the association between numeric values of x and color.
lwd line width
... Further arguments passed on to the underlying engine. See xyplot for details.


An object of class "trellis".


This function is meant to demonstrate how maps can be incorporated in a Trellis display. Users seriously interested in geographical data should consider using software written by people who know what they are doing.


Deepayan Sarkar


See Also




## Note: Alaska, Hawaii and others are not included in county map;
## this generates warnings with both USCancerRates and ancestry.


mapplot(rownames(USCancerRates) ~ log(rate.male) + log(rate.female),
        data = USCancerRates,
        map = map("county", plot = FALSE, fill = TRUE,
                  projection = "mercator"))

mapplot(rownames(USCancerRates) ~ log(rate.male) + log(rate.female),
        data = USCancerRates,
        map = map("county", plot = FALSE, fill = TRUE,
                  projection = "tetra"),
        scales = list(draw = FALSE))

data(ancestry) <- 
    map('county', plot = FALSE, fill = TRUE, 
        projection = "azequalarea")

## set a sequential color palette as current theme, and use it
opar <- trellis.par.get()
trellis.par.set(custom.theme(region = brewer.pal(9, "Purples"),
                             alpha.line = 0.5))
mapplot(county ~ log10(population), ancestry, map =,
    colramp = NULL)

## Not run: 

## this may take a while (should get better area records)

county.areas <-, regions =$names, sqmi = FALSE)
ancestry$density <- 
    with(ancestry, population / county.areas[as.character(county)])

mapplot(county ~ log(density), ancestry,
        map =, border = NA,
        colramp = colorRampPalette(c("white", "black")))

## End(Not run)

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