r – Rotating and spacing axis labels in ggplot2

r – Rotating and spacing axis labels in ggplot2

Change the last line to

q + theme(axis.text.x = element_text(angle = 90, vjust = 0.5, hjust=1))

By default, the axes are aligned at the center of the text, even when rotated. When you rotate +/- 90 degrees, you usually want it to be aligned at the edge instead:

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The image above is from this blog post.

Use coord_flip()

data(diamonds)
diamonds$cut <- paste(Super Dee-Duper,as.character(diamonds$cut))

qplot(cut, carat, data = diamonds, geom = boxplot) +
  coord_flip()

enter


Add str_wrap()

# wrap text to no more than 15 spaces
library(stringr)
diamonds$cut2 <- str_wrap(diamonds$cut, width = 15)
qplot(cut2, carat, data = diamonds, geom = boxplot) +
  coord_flip()

enter


In Ch 3.9 of R for Data Science, Wickham and Grolemund speak to this exact question:

coord_flip() switches the x and y axes. This is useful (for example), if you want horizontal boxplots. It’s also useful for long labels: it’s hard to get them to fit without overlapping on the x-axis.

r – Rotating and spacing axis labels in ggplot2

To make the text on the tick labels fully visible and read in the same direction as the y-axis label, change the last line to

q + theme(axis.text.x=element_text(angle=90, hjust=1))

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