Today Matt Helmus posted the following request to the R-sig-phylo mailing list:

*"Does anyone know of R code (or perhaps another program) to plot bars across the tips of a radial/fan phylogeny? Specifically, I have a large phylogeny and a corresponding vector of continuous trait values for the tips, and while I could use those values to vary the color and size of the tip labels, or also to plot points of varying color or size at those tips, I think a better depiction of the data would be to plot bars that vary in height."*

Naturally, this appealed to me. The biggest challenge is resuscitating high-school (or perhaps elementary school) trig (think *SOH-CAH-TOA*) to get the position of the vertices for each tip bar/rectangle correct. Here is my attempt. Note that it doesn't contain much in the ways of bells-and-whistles, but these could easily be added:

lims=c(-max(nodeHeights(tree))-scale*max(x),

max(nodeHeights(tree))+scale*max(x))

obj<-plotTree(tree,type="fan",ftype="off",

xlim=lims,ylim=lims)

if(is.null(width)) width<-(par()$usr[2]-par()$usr[1])/100

w<-width

x<-x[tree$tip.label]*scale

for(i in 1:length(x)){

dx<-obj$xx[i]

dy<-obj$yy[i]

theta<-atan(dy/dx)

x1<-dx+(w/2)*cos(pi/2-theta)

y1<-dy-(w/2)*sin(pi/2-theta)

x2<-dx-(w/2)*cos(pi/2-theta)

y2<-dy+(w/2)*sin(pi/2-theta)

s<-if(dx>0) 1 else -1

x3<-s*x[i]*cos(theta)+x2

y3<-s*x[i]*sin(theta)+y2

x4<-s*x[i]*cos(theta)+x1

y4<-s*x[i]*sin(theta)+y1

polygon(c(x1,x2,x3,x4),c(y1,y2,y3,y4),col="grey")

}

invisible(obj)

}

The two inobvious input arguments, scale & width, control the scale of the tip bars relative to the total height of the tree & the width of bars, respectively.

Let's try it:

> x<-fastBM(tree)

> x<-abs(x)

> plotFan.wBars(tree,x,scale=0.2)

That's all.

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