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Re: graphics

From: Jörg Beyer
Subject: Re: graphics
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2008 18:06:35 +0200
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Sorry for being late, I just noticed this thread.

There's an R-package, ggplot2, which relates heavily and explicitly on the
grammar of graphics (hence _gg_plot2). The package is published on CRAN,
Author is Hadley Wickham (, who is also working on a book on
this topic. He may either have useful tips and hints regarding the legal
stuff, or be interested in a discussion, so it may be worth a try to contact


On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 07:01:29PM -0700, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>      I also think that this is a good direction to look into, but
>      unfortunately I think that the first step we will have to take is
>      to get competent legal advice.  Witness:
>      Both of these are patents titled "A computer method, apparatus
>      and storage medium is provided for creating quantitative
>      aesthetic graphics from data," inventor L. Wilkinson, assigned to
>      SPSS Inc.
> Hmm Yes.  Perhaps then it's better if we don't read this book, least
> it subconciously influences the code.
> J'

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