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Package ‘ggpmisc’ (Miscellaneous Extensions to ‘ggplot2’) is a set of extensions to R package ‘ggplot2’ (>= 3.0.0) with emphasis on annotations and plotting related to fitted models. Estimates from model fit objects can be displayed in ggplots as text, tables or equations. Predicted values, residuals, deviations and weights can be plotted for various model fit functions. Linear models, quantile regression and major axis regression as well as those functions with accessors following the syntax of package ‘broom’ are supported. Package ‘ggpmisc’ continues to give access to extensions moved as of version 0.4.0 to package ggpp.


Package ‘ggpmisc’ is consistent with the grammar of graphics, and opens new possibilities retaining the flexibility inherent to this grammar. Its aim is not to automate plotting or annotations in a way suitable for fast data exploration by use of a “fits-all-sizes” predefined design. Package ‘ggpmisc’ together with package ‘ggpp’, provide new layer functions, position functions and scales. In fact, these packages follow the tenets of the grammar even more strictly than ‘ggplot2’ in the distinction between geometries and statistics. The new statistics in ‘ggpmisc’ focus mainly on model fitting, including multiple comparisons among groups. The default annotations are those most broadly valid and of easiest interpretation. We follow R’s approach of expecting that users know what they need or want, and will usually want to adjust how results from model fits are presented both graphically and textually. The approach and mechanics of plot construction and rendering remain unchanged from those implemented in package ‘ggplot2’.


Statistics that help with reporting the results of model fits are:

Statistic Returned values (default geometry) Methods
stat_poly_eq() equation, R2, P, etc. (text_npc) lm, rlm (1, 2, 7)
stat_ma_eq() equation, R2, P, etc. (text_npc) lmodel2 (6, 7)
stat_quant_eq() equation, P, etc. (text_npc) rq (1, 3, 4, 7)
stat_correlation() correlation, P-value, CI (text_npc) Pearson (t), Kendall (z), Spearman (S)
stat_poly_line() line + conf. (smooth) lm, rlm (1, 2, 7)
stat_ma_line() line + conf. (smooth) lmodel2 (6, 7)
stat_quant_line() line + conf. (smooth) rq, rqss (1, 3, 4, 7)
stat_quant_band() median + quartiles (smooth) rq, rqss (1, 4, 5, 7)
stat_fit_residuals() residuals (point) lm, rlm, rq (1, 2, 4, 7, 8)
stat_fit_deviations() deviations from observations (segment) lm, rlm, lqs, rq (1, 2, 4, 7, 9)
stat_fit_fitted() fitted values (point) lm, rlm, lqs, rq (1, 2, 4, 7, 9)
stat_fit_glance() equation, R2, P, etc. (text_npc) those supported by ‘broom’
stat_fit_augment() predicted and other values (smooth) those supported by ‘broom’
stat_fit_tidy() fit results, e.g., for equation (text_npc) those supported by ‘broom’
stat_fit_tb() ANOVA and summary tables (table_npc) those supported by ‘broom’
stat_multcomp() Multiple comparisons (label_pairwise or text) those supported by glht (1, 2, 7)

Notes: (1) weight aesthetic supported; (2) user defined fit functions that return an object of a class derived from lm are supported even if they override the statistic’s formula argument; (3) unlimited quantiles supported; (4) user defined fit functions that return an object of a class derived from rq or rqs are supported even if they override the statistic’s formula and/or quantiles argument; (5) two and three quantiles supported; (6) user defined fit functions that return an object of a class derived from lmodel2 are supported; (7) method arguments support colon based notation; (8) various functions if method residuals() defined for returned value; (9) various functions if method fitted() defined for returned value.

Statistics stat_peaks() and stat_valleys() can be used to highlight and/or label maxima and minima in a plot.

Aesthetics and scales

Scales scale_x_logFC(), scale_y_logFC(), scale_colour_logFC() and scale_fill_logFC() easy the plotting of log fold change data. Scales scale_x_Pvalue(), scale_y_Pvalue(), scale_x_FDR() and scale_y_FDR() are suitable for plotting p-values and adjusted p-values or false discovery rate (FDR). Default arguments are suitable for volcano and quadrant plots as used for transcriptomics, metabolomics and similar data.

Scales scale_colour_outcome(), scale_fill_outcome() and scale_shape_outcome() and functions outome2factor(), threshold2factor(), xy_outcomes2factor() and xy_thresholds2factor() used together make it easy to map ternary numeric outputs and logical binary outcomes to color, fill and shape aesthetics. Default arguments are suitable for volcano, quadrant and other plots as used for genomics, metabolomics and similar data.


Several geoms and other extensions formerly included in package ‘ggpmisc’ until version 0.3.9 were migrated to package ‘ggpp’. They are still available when ‘ggpmisc’ is loaded, but the documentation now resides in the new package ggpp. cran version ggpp status badge

Functions for the manipulation of layers in ggplot objects, together with statistics and geometries useful for debugging extensions to package ‘ggplot2’, included in package ‘ggpmisc’ until version 0.2.17 are now in package gginnards. cran version gginnards status badge



In the first two examples we plot data such that we map a factor to the x aesthetic and label it with the adjusted P-values for multitle comparision using “Tukey” contrasts.

ggplot(mpg, aes(factor(cyl), cty)) +
  geom_boxplot(width = 0.33) +
  stat_multcomp(label.type = "letters") +
  expand_limits(y = 0)

Using “Dunnet” contrasts and “bars” to annotate individual contrasts with the adjusted P-value, here using Holm’s method.

ggplot(mpg, aes(factor(cyl), cty)) +
  geom_boxplot(width = 0.33) +
  stat_multcomp(contrasts = "Dunnet",
                p.adjust.method = "holm",
                size = 2.75) +
  expand_limits(y = 0)

In the third example we add the equation for a linear regression, the adjusted coefficient of determination and P-value to a plot showing the observations plus the fitted curve, deviations and confidence band. We use stat_poly_eq() together with use_label() to assemble and map the desired annotations.

formula <- y ~ x + I(x^2)
ggplot(cars, aes(speed, dist)) +
  geom_point() +
  stat_fit_deviations(formula = formula, colour = "red") +
  stat_poly_line(formula = formula) +
  stat_poly_eq(use_label(c("eq", "adj.R2", "P")), formula = formula)

The same figure as in the third example but this time annotated with the ANOVA table for the model fit. We use stat_fit_tb() which can be used to add ANOVA or summary tables.

formula <- y ~ x + I(x^2)
ggplot(cars, aes(speed, dist)) +
  geom_point() +
  geom_smooth(method = "lm", formula = formula) +
  stat_fit_tb(method = "lm",
              method.args = list(formula = formula),
              tb.type = "fit.anova",
              tb.vars = c(Effect = "term", 
                          "M.S." = "meansq", 
                          "italic(F)" = "statistic", 
                          "italic(P)" = "p.value"),
              tb.params = c(x = 1, "x^2" = 2),
              label.y.npc = "top", label.x.npc = "left",
              size = 2.5,
              parse = TRUE)
#> Dropping params/terms (rows) from table!

The same figure as in the third example but this time using quantile regression, median in this example.

formula <- y ~ x + I(x^2)
ggplot(cars, aes(speed, dist)) +
  geom_point() +
  stat_quant_line(formula = formula, quantiles = 0.5) +
  stat_quant_eq(formula = formula, quantiles = 0.5)

Band highlighting the region between both quartile regressions and a line for the median regression.

formula <- y ~ x + I(x^2)
ggplot(cars, aes(speed, dist)) +
  geom_point() +
  stat_quant_band(formula = formula)

A quadrant plot with counts and labels, using geom_text_repel() from package ‘ggrepel’.

ggplot(quadrant_example.df, aes(logFC.x, logFC.y)) +
  geom_point(alpha = 0.3) +
  geom_quadrant_lines() +
  stat_quadrant_counts() +
  stat_dens2d_filter(color = "red", keep.fraction = 0.02) +
  stat_dens2d_labels(aes(label = gene), keep.fraction = 0.02, 
                     geom = "text_repel", size = 2, colour = "red") +
  scale_x_logFC(name = "Transcript abundance after A%unit") +
  scale_y_logFC(name = "Transcript abundance after B%unit",
                expand = expansion(mult = 0.2))
#> Warning: ggrepel: 1 unlabeled data points (too many overlaps). Consider
#> increasing max.overlaps

A time series using the specialized version of ggplot() that converts the time series into a tibble and maps the x and y aesthetics automatically. We also highlight and label the peaks using stat_peaks().

ggplot(lynx, as.numeric = FALSE) + geom_line() + 
  stat_peaks(colour = "red") +
  stat_peaks(geom = "text", colour = "red", angle = 66,
             hjust = -0.1, x.label.fmt = "%Y") +
  stat_peaks(geom = "rug", colour = "red", sides = "b") +
  expand_limits(y = 8000)


Installation of the most recent stable version from CRAN (sources, Mac and Win binaries):


Installation of the current unstable version from R-Universe CRAN-like repository (binaries for Mac, Win, Webassembly, and Linux, as well as sources available):

                 repos = c('', 

Installation of the current unstable version from GitHub (from sources):

# install.packages("remotes")


HTML documentation for the package, including help pages and the User Guide, is available at

News about updates are regularly posted at

Chapter 7 in Aphalo (2020) and Chapter 9 in Aphalo (2024) explain basic concepts of the grammar of graphics as implemented in ‘ggplot2’ as well as extensions to this grammar including several of those made available by packages ‘ggpp’ and ‘ggpmisc’. Information related to the book is available at


Please report bugs and request new features at Pull requests are welcome at


If you use this package to produce scientific or commercial publications, please cite according to:

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#>     title = {ggpmisc: Miscellaneous Extensions to 'ggplot2'},
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#>     year = {2024},
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Being an extension to package ‘ggplot2’, some of the code in package ‘ggpmisc’ has been created by using as a template that from layer functions and scales in ‘ggplot2’. The user interface of ‘ggpmisc’ aims at being as consistent as possible with ‘ggplot2’ and the layered grammar of graphics (Wickham 2010). New features added in ‘ggplot2’ are added when relevant to ‘ggpmisc’, such as support for orientation for flipping of layers. This package does consequently indirectly include significant contributions from several of the authors and maintainers of ‘ggplot2’, listed at (


Aphalo, Pedro J. (2024) Learn R: As a Language. 2ed. The R Series. Boca Raton and London: Chapman and Hall/CRC Press. ISBN: 9781032516998. 466 pp. 

Aphalo, Pedro J. (2020) Learn R: As a Language. 1ed. The R Series. Boca Raton and London: Chapman and Hall/CRC Press. ISBN: 9780367182533. 350 pp. 

Wickham, Hadley. 2010. “A Layered Grammar of Graphics.” Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 19 (1): 3–28.


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