How to Make a Custom Stacked Area Chart in R
You could use a package, but then you couldn’t customize every single element, and where’s the fun in that?
Stacked area charts are a standard chart type that shows how a categorical distribution changes over time. There are packages that can do most of the work for you, but for a recent chart I found myself wanting more control over how the chart was drawn, which led me to drawing from scratch.
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