1 Introduction

The plotting function for Pedigrees has 5 tasks

  1. Gather information and check the data. An important step is the call to align.
  2. Set up the plot region and size the symbols. The program wants to plot circles and squares, so needs to understand the geometry of the paper, Pedigree size, and text size to get the right shape and size symbols.
  3. Set up the plot and add the symbols for each subject
  4. Add connecting lines between spouses, and children with parents
  5. Create an invisible return value containing the locations.

Another task, not yet completely understood, and certainly not implemented, is how we might break a plot across multiple pages.

2 Setup

The new version of the plotting Pedigree function works in two step.

The advantage of this two step method, is that all the plotting can be parralelised, each element can be customised by the user if necessary and additional elements can also be added to the plot by just adding a new row.

If multiple families are present in the Pedigree object, then one dataframe per family will be produced and the first one will be plotted.

For more informations about those two functions, see the help page.

3 Sizing

Now we need to set the sizes. From align() we will get the maximum width and depth. There is one plotted row for each row of the returned matrices. The number of columns of the matrices is the max width of the Pedigree, so there are unused positions in shorter rows, these can be identifed by having an nid value of 0. Horizontal locations for each point go from 0 to xmax, subjects are at least 1 unit apart; a large number will be exactly one unit part. These locations will be at the top center of each plotted symbol.

3.1 Set the graphical parameters

We would like to to make the boxes about 2.5 characters wide, which matches most labels, but no more than 0.9 units wide or .5 units high.
We also want to vertical room for the labels. This is done by the set_plot_area() function. We should have at least 1/2 of stemp2 space above and stemp2 space below.
The stemp3 variable is the height of labels: users may use multi-line ones. Our constraints then are

  1. \((box height + label height) \times maxlev \le height\) : the boxes and labels have to fit vertically
  2. \((box height) \times (maxlev + (maxlev-1)/2) \le height\) : at least 1/2 a box of space between each row of boxes
  3. \((box width) \le stemp1\) in inches
  4. \((box width) \le 0.8\) unit in user coordinates, otherwise they appear to touch
  5. User coordinates go from \(min(xrange)- 1/2 box width\) to \(max(xrange) + 1/2 box width\).
  6. the box is square (in inches)

The first 3 of these are easy. The fourth comes into play only for very packed pedigrees. Assume that the box were the maximum size of .8 units, i.e., minimal spacing between them. Then \(xmin -.45\) to \(xmax + .45\) covers the plot region, the scaling between user coordinates and inches is \((.8 + xmax-xmin)\) and the box is \(.8 \times (figure width) / (.8 + xmax-xmin)\). The transformation from user units to inches horizontally depends on the box size, since we need to allow for 1/2 a box on the left and right.
Vertically the range from 1 to nrow spans the tops of the symbols, which will be the figure region height less (the height of the text for the last row + 1 box); remember that the coordinates point to the top center of the box. We want row 1 to plot at the top, which is done by appropriate setting of the usr parameter.

3.2 Subsetting and Sub-Region

This section is still experimental and might change. Also, in the original documentation by TM Therneau, it is within the sizing section above.

Sometimes a Pedigree is too large to fit comfortably on one page. The \(subregion\) argument allows one to plot only a portion of the Pedigree based on the plot region. Along with other tools to select portions of the Pedigree based on relatedness, such as all the descendents of a particular marriage, it gives a tool for addressing this. This breaks our original goal of completely automatic plots, but users keep asking for more.

The argument is \(subregion = c(min x, max x, min depth, max depth)\), and works by editing away portions of the \(plist\) object returned by align. First decide what lines to keep. Then take subjects away from each line, update spouses and twins, and fix up parentage for the line below.

4 ped_to_plotdf()

This first function create the dataframe with the necessary plotting information from a Pedigree object. The steps are:

  1. Add boxes (depend on affection and sex) and marks.
  2. Add status crossing if present.
  3. Add id text and labels
  4. Add in the connections, one by one, beginning with spouses.
  5. Add connections children to parents.
  6. Add lines/arcs to connect multiple instances of same subject.

4.1 Details on the polygon filling and border

Each polygon is named based on its shape (“square”, “circle”,“diamond”, “triangle”), the total number of division of the whole shape, and the position of the division to plot.

types <- c(
    "square_1_1", # Whole square
    "circle_2_1", # Semi circle first division
    "diamond_3_2", # Third of diamond second division
    "triangle_4_3" # Fourth of triangle third division
df <- plot_df <- data.frame(
    x0 = c(1, 3, 5, 7), y0 = 1,
    type = types, fill = c("red", "blue", "green", "yellow"),
    border = "black",
    angle = c(NA, 90, 0, 45),
    density = c(NA, 10, 20, 40)
plot_fromdf(df, usr = c(0, 8, 0, 2))

The number of division will depend on the number of affection register in the \(fill\) slot of the \(scale\) slot of the Pedigree. The filling will depend on the color given by the corresponding modality for each individual, it is the same for the border of the polygon.

4.2 Details on connecting children to parents.

First there are lines up from each child, which would be trivial except for twins, triplets, etc. Then we draw the horizontal bar across siblings and finally the connector from the parent. For twins, the vertical lines are angled towards a common point, the variable is called \(target\) below. The horizontal part is easier if we do things family by family. The plist$twins variable is 1/2/3 for a twin on my right, 0 otherwise.

4.3 Details on arcs.

The last set of lines are dotted arcs that connect mulitiple instances of a subject on the same line. These instances may or may not be on the same line. The arrcconect function draws a quadratic arc between locations \((x1, y1)\) and \((x2, y2\)) whose height is 1/2 unit above a straight line connection.

5 plot_fromdf()

5.1 Polygons drawing

5.1.1 Symbols

There are four sumbols corresponding to the four sex codes: square = male, circle = female, diamond= unknown, and triangle = terminated.
They are shaded according to the value(s) of affected status for each subject, and filling uses the standard arguments of the \(polygon()\) function. The complexity is when multiple affected status are given, in which case the symbol will be divided up into sections, clockwise starting at the lower left. I asked Beth about this (original author) and there was no particular reason to start at 6 o-clock, but it is now established as history.

The first part of the code is to create the collection of polygons that will make up the symbol. These are then used again and again. The collection is kept as a list with the four elements square, circle, diamond and triangle.

Each of these is in turn a list with max(fill(ped, "order")) elements, and each of those in turn a list of x and y coordinates.

5.1.2 Circfun

The circle function is quite simple. The number of segments is arbitrary, 50 seems to be enough to make the eye happy. We draw the ray from 0 to the edge, then a portion of the arc. The polygon function will connect back to the center.

5.1.3 Polyfun

Now for the interesting one — dividing a polygon into ‘’pie slices’’. In computing this we can’t use the usual \(y= a + bx\) formula for a line, because it doesn’t work for vertical ones (like the sides of the square). Instead we use the alternate formulation in terms of a dummy variable \(z\).

\[\begin{eqnarray*} x &=& a + bz \\ y &=& c + dz \\ \end{eqnarray*}\]

Furthermore, we choose the constants \(a\), \(b\), \(c\), and \(d\) so that the side of our polygon correspond to \(0 \le z \le 1\). The intersection of a particular ray at angle theta with a particular side will satisfy

\[\begin{eqnarray} theta &=& y/x = \frac{a + bz}{c+dz} \nonumber \\ z &=& \frac{a\theta -c}{b - d\theta} \\ \end{eqnarray}\]

Equation \(z\) will lead to a division by zero if the ray from the origin does not intersect a side, e.g., a vertical divider will be parallel to the sides of a square symbol. The only solutions we want have \(0 \le z \le 1\) and are in the ‘’forward’’’ part of the ray. This latter is true if the inner product \(x \cos(\theta) + y \sin(\theta) >0\). Exactly one of the polygon sides will satisfy both conditions.

6 Final output

The Pedigree is plotted in a new frame or added to the current device. If ggplot_gen = TRUE, then a ggplot object is create with the same informations and available in the invisible object given back by plot_fromdf()

    Remind the user of subjects who did not get
    plotted; these are ususally subjects who are married in but without
    children.  Unless the Pedigree contains spousal information the
    routine does not know who is the spouse.
    Then restore the plot parameters.
    This would only not be done if someone wants to further annotate
    the plot.

7 Session information

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