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I'm trying to create a scatter plot using ggplot. The x value goes roughly from 0-20, and the y value goes from 0-~50. The data is raw so it's not nice and neat and I need to plot a curved line through the majority of the data. The code I'm trying to use is

ggplot(temperature, Number.of.Fish,aes(x=Temperature,y=Number.of.Fish))+geom_smooth

But I keep getting an error message: error in inherits (mapping, "uneval"), could not find function "Number.of.Fish"

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closed as off-topic by whuber Sep 8 '14 at 15:27

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  • $\begingroup$ This sort of question is best asked on the ggplot2 mailing list $\endgroup$ – Dianne Cook Sep 7 '14 at 21:47
  • $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is only about software. If a reproducible example were provided it likely would be welcome on SO. $\endgroup$ – whuber Sep 8 '14 at 15:27
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The correct code should be

ggplot(temperature,aes(x=Temperature,y=Number.of.Fish)) + geom_smooth()

You made two mistakes. First, the parenthesis () after geom_smooth and secondly, extra variable Number.of.Fish after the data frame temperature. Also, please always include a reproducible example when asking a question. This is what I did for you.

x <- 0:20
temperature <- data.frame(Temperature=x,Number.of.Fish = rnorm(mean=x, sd=2, n=21))
ggplot(temperature,aes(x=Temperature,y=Number.of.Fish)) + geom_smooth()
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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks that really helps, but does it matter if x and y axis are unequal (number of fish 1:50, temperature 0:20.67)? $\endgroup$ – Francesca Sep 8 '14 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ lengths of x and y have to be same. If for one x you have multiple y, you may replicate same value of x. for example x <- c(1,1,1) and y <- c(20,32,45) so both vectors have same lengths. $\endgroup$ – Mahbubul Majumder Sep 8 '14 at 18:28

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