It should be quite simple to adjust the font size in plotting the outcome ofautofitVariogram using the automap package. The text fonts for the number of pairs are too big; the text fonts for the model, nugget... information are too small and not presentable. I was able to adjust the size of the points, but I failed to adjust the font of the label (or remove them) and the model information.

I've tried:

coordinates(meuse) <- c("x","y") 
data.auto.variogram <- autofitVariogram(formula = zinc ~1, input_data = meuse)
plot(data.auto.variogram, cex=1, par.settings=list(fontsize=list(text=5),par.main.text=list(cex=3), par.xlab.text=list(cex=2),par.ylab.text=list(cex=2)))

But that also reduces the size of the axis label and the information text.

We can use meuse as a reproducible example.

Can anyone give some solutions or recommendations please?

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  • Use par.settings option in the plot(). – Kazuhito Mar 31 '17 at 9:00
  • I get no errors on the plot, but Error in text.default(data.auto.variogram$exp_var$dist, data.auto.variogram$exp_var$gamma, : plot.new has not been called yet on text(...). – Spacedman Mar 31 '17 at 10:42
  • Just tried plot(data.auto.variogram, par(cex.lab = 0.5)) but turns out Error in if (plotit) print(vario) else vario : argument is not interpretable as logical. – Gorden Jiang Apr 1 '17 at 0:06
  • Do not use par(). To learn about par.settings, searching xyplot would be helpful. – Kazuhito Apr 1 '17 at 2:28
  • Strange, I tried plot(data.auto.variogram,par.settings=list(cex.lab = 0.1)) but nothing's changed on the variogram. – Gorden Jiang Apr 1 '17 at 3:24

The text size of bottom-right annotations is hard-coded in autokrige.vgm.panel.r, which runs under the hood of automap's plot() method. The latter function is also responsible for creating point labels that are passed to gstat::vgm.panel.xyplot(), which is hard-coded as well. Now, you might get rid of these point labels through something like

## sample data
coordinates(meuse) <- ~ x + y
afv <- autofitVariogram(formula = zinc ~ 1, input_data = meuse)
p <- plot(afv, plotit = FALSE)

## discard point labels
opts <- trellis.par.get()
opts$add.text$col <- "transparent"
update(p, par.settings = opts)

or, similarly, opts$add.text$cex to reduce text size. However, this won't affect the bottom-right text section. In order to overcome this limitation, why not just define your own plotting function for objects of class 'autofitVariogram'? Taking inspiration from the source code of autokrige.vgm.panel.r, this requires little coding efforts and, at the same time, lets you modify the visual appearance of the resulting scatter plot at will.

## create custom text annotation
dgt <- function(x) if (x >= 10) 0 else if (x >= 1) 1 else 2

mdl <- afv$var_model
cls <- as.character(mdl[2, "model"])
ngt <- sum(mdl[1, "psill"])
sll <- sum(mdl[, "psill"])
rng <- sum(mdl[, "range"])
lbl <- paste("Model:", cls,
             "\nNugget:", round(ngt, dgt(ngt)),
             "\nSill:", round(sll, dgt(sll)),
             "\nRange:", round(rng, dgt(rng)))

if (cls %in% c("Mat", "Ste")) {
  kpp <- mdl[2, "kappa"]
  lbl <- paste(lbl, "\nKappa:", round(kpp, dgt(kpp)), "")

## create plot
xyplot(gamma ~ dist, data = afv$exp_var,
       main = "Experimental variogram and fitted variogram model", 
       xlab = "Distance", ylab = "Semi-variance",
       panel = function(x, y, ...) {
         gstat::vgm.panel.xyplot(x, y, cex = 1.2, ...)
         ltext(max(x), 0.2 * max(y), lbl, font = 2, cex = .9, adj = c(1, 0), 
               col = "grey30")
       # arguments required by gstat::vgm.panel.xyplot()
       labels = NULL, mode = "direct", model = mdl, 
       direction = c(afv$exp_var$dir.hor[1], afv$exp_var$dir.ver[1]))


  • Can you explain briefly dgt <- function(x) if (x >= 10) 0 else if (x >= 1) 1 else 2? – Gorden Jiang Aug 1 at 3:47
  • Absolutely. dgt() lets you control the number of displayed decimal places for nugget, sill, range, and kappa. Values >= 10 are rounded to the nearest integer; values >= 1 (but smaller than 10) have one decimal place as seen from kappa above; and smaller values have two decimal places. – fdetsch Aug 1 at 15:52

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