A few months ago Eliot Miller reported
a strange bug in
contMap in which sometimes weird, white (and thus nearly
invisible on a white background) text was appearing on certain parts of the plot.
## Loading required package: ape ## Loading required package: maps
##  '0.4.36'
set.seed(1) tree<-pbtree(n=26,scale=1) ## realistic tip labels tree$tip.label<-paste(LETTERS[26:1],"._",sep="",replicate(26,paste(sample(letters,sample(3:12,1)),collapse=""))) x<-fastBM(tree) obj<-contMap(tree,x,outline=TRUE)
The white text is what appears to cause the lines close to the base of the tree to be interrupted.
Well, this bug isn't quite as mysterious as it might seem at first blush. This is because to plot the outline
of the phylogeny and then the
contMap I use two calls to the phytools function
internally; however to avoid plotting the labels twice I first set
par(col="white"), plot the outline
tree, and then set
par(col="black") and plot the
Why the text is showing up in the wrong place, on the other hand, beats me - although I'll bet it has something to
do with how I am computing the label offset. Oh well. A quick fix that I have applied in the latest
non-CRAN phytools version is to use
par(col="transparent") instead of
par(col="white"). Hopefully all plotting devices
Here's how it works:
## Installing package into 'C:/Users/Liam/Documents/R/win-library/3.1' ## (as 'lib' is unspecified) ## inferring 'repos = NULL' from 'pkgs'
##  '0.4.38'
OK, problem solved. I'm a little concerned that transparency will not be supported by all plotting devices, but hopefully this is a temporary fix & I can figure out the real problem.
That's it. Happy Thanksgiving.