How to add text to a figure using the R ggplot2 package with geom_text (CC149)

September 27, 2021 • PD Schloss • 1 min read

Adding text labels to your figure to tell your audience what group each point or line comes from. Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to pull this off in R using ggplot2’s geom_text function. We’ll replace our legend with text annotations and talk about how we can make the labels easier to see. Along the way, we’ll also learn about the modulus operator (%%) and get to see if_else and case_when in action. The data depict the percentage of people in 15 countries who would be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of August and October of 2020.

Pat uses the geom_text function function from ggplot2 and a variety of functions from the dplyr, showtext, and ggtext packages in RStudio.

Code

You can browse the state of the demo at the

Data

The august_october_2020.csv data is available in the GitHub repository.

X.1,Total Agree - August 2020,Total Agree - October 2020
Total,77,73
India,87,87
China,97,85
South Korea,84,83
Brazil,88,81
Australia,88,79
United Kingdom,85,79
Mexico,75,78
Canada,76,76
Germany,67,69
Japan,75,69
South Africa,64,68
Italy,67,65
Spain,72,64
United States,67,64
France,59,54
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