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You cannot open an .mxd (ArcMap map document) file in R, so you will not be able to use the same data frame you had in ArcMap. R is statistical software; although it includes a lot of tools for data visualization, it is primarily for statistical analysis, and you are unlikely to find as many utilities for mapping and cartography as you are in ArcMap (or QGIS ...


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As handy as R is for so many tasks, it is important to remember that 1) R is not a GIS and 2) quality mapping is downright difficult compared to creating maps with QGIS or ArcGIS. The following example borrows heavily from two R-bloggers blogs (blog 1 and blog 2). Here, I simply mapped a polygon shapefile using Google Satellite Imagery as a basemap. ...



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