Patchwork and combining plots with /

I have tripped over a syntax when slash / was used with ggplot code, took me long time to figure it out that / is from patchwork.

Is there an explicit way to write syntax like this:


This obviously does't work, but maybe anybody knows another way.

Can you give us a bit more background/

We really need a minimum working example to see what you are doing.

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And here we are:


# Create some example plots
plot1 <- ggplot(data = mpg, aes(x = displ, y = hwy)) + geom_point()
plot2 <- ggplot(data = diamonds, aes(x = carat, y = price)) + geom_point()

# Combine plots using the + operator
combined_plot <- plot1 + plot2

# Display the combined plot

# or use /:


I don't understand the problem. As written everything seems fine. Sorry to be so dense.

Why /: ?

Not /: but only "/". I used : colon in the comment as just a colon.

Now what part don't you understand ? In R code we can write a syntax like dplyr::count(), in long and complicated code I did not spot / as a connector for plots originated from patchwork, so my question was: what is so different in patchwork or syntax that I can't write it as follows:


in order to know that / is not there as a math division symbol but function coming specifically from patchwork ?

Ah, okay. I see what you mean now. We probably need an R expert for this but my guess is that / is some kind of "primitive" in base R that is interpreted in context just as + is. It is not a function in {patchwork}. Does that make sense?

You can define your own infix operator like this:


`%/%` <- patchwork:::`/.ggplot`

p1 <- ggplot(mtcars, aes(mpg, disp)) + geom_point()
p2 <- ggplot(mtcars, aes(mpg, wt)) + geom_point()

p1 %/% p2

If you don't want to define a new operator, you can also call it directly on the plots:

(patchwork:::`/.ggplot`)(p1, p2)

I find both ways kind of ugly but that's essentially what you wanted.

Thank you very much.

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