grafify has three main features:

  1. plotting great-looking graphs for quick-n-easy data exploration with few lines of code
  2. apply colour blind-friendly palettes to graphs plotted with grafify or ggplot2
  3. use linear models for ANOVA (including those with randomised block designs and repeated-measures) & post-hoc comparisons (estimated marginal means, confidence intervals and P values)

The vignettes website has detailed help on usage and latest release notes are here.

As an example, you could write this to plot bar/SD graph from a 2-way ANOVA data with randomised blocks:

plot_4d_scatterbar(data = data_2w_Festing, 
                   xcol = Strain,
                   ycol = GST,
                   bars = Treatment,
                   shapes = Block)

instead of all this!

ggplot2::ggplot(data = data_2w_Festing,
       aes(x = Strain,
           y = GST,
           group = interaction(Strain,
  stat_summary(geom = "bar",
               aes(fill = Treatment),
               position = position_dodge(width = 0.8), 
               fun = "mean")+
  geom_point(aes(shape = Block),
             size = 3, stroke = 1,
             position = position_jitterdodge(jitter.width = .2,
                                            dodge.width = .8))+
  stat_summary(geom = "errorbar",
               width = .2, size = 1,
               fun.data = "mean_sdl",
               fun.args = list(mult = 1),
               position = position_dodge(width = 0.8))+
  scale_shape_manual(values = 21:22)+
  theme_classic(base_size = 21)+
  theme(axis.text.x = element_text(angle = 45, hjust = 1))+
  scale_fill_manual(values = c(as.vector(graf_palettes$okabe_ito[1:2])))

Two other features including practice datasets (with randomised blocks), and data simulation for power analyses. The first three features are better documented at present.


  1. Easily plot data as scatter/dot plots with boxes, violins or bars with plot_ functions of 6 broad types.

    1. Two variables (one categorical & one numeric): these graphs either use scatter (or also called jitter) or dot plot geometries: plot_scatterbar_sd, plot_scatterbox, plot_scatterviolin or plot_dotbar_sd, plot_dotbox, plot_dotviolin
    2. One-way or two-way ANOVA designs with or without randomised blocks (3 or 4 dimensions or variables): plot_3d_point_sd, plot_3d_scatterbar, plot_3d_scatterbox, plot_3d_scatterviolin or plot_4d_point_sd, plot_4d_scatterbar, plot_4d_scatterbox, plot_4d_scatterviolin
    3. Matched before-after graphs: plot_befafter_colours, plot_befafter_shapes, plot_befafter_box
    4. Quantitative X & Y, plus a third variable: plot_xy_NumGroup, plot_xy_CatGroup
    5. Data distributions: plot_qqline, plot_density plot_histogram, and model diagnostics with plot_qqmodel, plot_qq_gam, plot_lm_predict and plot_gam_predict
    6. Graphs with SD, SEM or CI95 error bars: plot_point_sd, plot_scatterbar_sd, plot_3d_scatterbar

Colourblind-friendly colour schemes

The following 12 categorical (qualitative/discreet) and 5 quantitative (3 sequential and 2 divergent) palettes are implemented in grafify for making graphs with plot_ functions.

In addition, scale_fill_grafify and scale_colour_grafify functions can be used to apply all grafify palettes to any ggplot2 object.

All palettes are colourblind-friendly. (See Mike Mol’s blog and Paul Tol’s blog. Additional colour schemes were chosen from cols4all package).

grafify theme & adding log-scales

The theme_grafify function is a modification of theme_classic and enables graphs plotted with ggplot2 to have a grafify-like appearance.

plot_logscales lets you take any ggplot2 object and transform Y, X or both axes into log2 or log10 values, and latter will also show log10 tick marks.

Linear models for ANOVA

Get ANOVA tables and linear models with these easy wrappers.

  1. linear models for ordinary ANOVA: simple_anova, simple_model, ga_model, ga_anova.
  2. linear mixed effects for repeated-measures and randomised-block design ANOVA: mixed_anova, mixed_model, mixed_anova_slopes, mixed_model_slopes, ga_model, ga_anova.
  3. plot model residuals with plot_qqmodel and plot_qq_gam.
  4. plot model predictions with plot_lm_predict and plot_gam_predict.

Post-hoc comparisons & Estimated Marginal Means (easy wrappers for emmeans)

Perform post-hoc comparisons based on fitted models for response variables and slopes. Get Estimated Marginal Means, P values, parameter estimates with CI95 with these wrappers.

  1. posthoc_Pariwise, posthoc_Levelwise & posthoc_vsRef
  2. posthoc_Trends_Pairwise, posthoc_Trends_Levelwise & posthoc_Trends_vsRef

Data simulation

Generating random one-way and two-way data based on mean and SD and residual error.

  1. one-way designs: make_1way_data, make_1way_rb_data
  2. two-way designs: make_2way_data, make_2way_rb_data

Data summaries

table_summary is simple function to obtain mean, median and SD by groups, and table_x_reorder is for working with factors.


The best place to see grafify in action is the vignettes website, which has detailed description of all functions.

Latest version: v4.0.1 on CRAN or GitHub

Find out about latest updates here.

Citing grafify

Shenoy, A. R. (2021) grafify: an R package for easy graphs, ANOVAs and post-hoc comparisons. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5136508

Latest DOI for all versions: DOI


grafify is now on CRAN and can be installed by typing install.packages("grafify").

Any updates not yet on CRAN will be made available here first. To install from GitHub you also need to install the remotes package. Then type remotes::install_github("ashenoy-cmbi/grafify@*release").

grafify requires the following packages to be installed: car, emmeans, ggplot2, Hmisc, lme4, lmerTest, magrittr, mgcv, patchwork, purrr, stats, tidyr.

Motivation behind grafify

I made this package mainly for exploring data by quickly making graphs of different types. Secondly, to implement linear regressions for ANOVA. I also use it to introduce linear models in my teaching, including the analyses of randomised block designs to new users.

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Function references

Go to this website for function documentations.