24 Days of R: Day 12

Today, I'm going to finally dip my toe in the water of something I've wanted to do for a long time. I'd wanted to do this with Michael Caine film appearances- and I may yet- but tonight, it'll be a bit simpler. I'm going to draw a network graph, showing the relationship between band members of the Grateful Dead and a couple of their solo and non-Dead projects. Information is from my head or wikipedia, reflecting the most recent band lineups.

First, I'll create data frames for several bands.

dfGratefulDead = data.frame(Musician = c("Jerry Garcia", "Bob Weir", "Phil Lesh", 
    "Bill Kreutzmann", "Mickey Hart", "Pigpen"), Instrument = c("guitar", "guitar", 
    "bass", "drums", "drums", "keyboards"))

dfJerryGarciaBand = data.frame(Musician = c("Jerry Garcia", "John Kahn", "Melvin Seals", 
    "David Kemper", "Jaclyn LaBranch", "Gloria Jones"), Instrument = c("guitar", 
    "bass", "keyboards", "drums", "vocals", "vocals"))

I've created data frames for RatDog and the Other Ones as well, but the code and results are not shown. Next, I'll code a helper function to create relationships between band members.

CreateRelation = function(dfBand, BandName) {

    indices = combn(length(dfBand$Musician), 2)

    dfRelate = data.frame(from = dfBand$Musician[indices[1, ]], to = dfBand$Musician[indices[2, 
    dfRelate$Band = BandName



With that in place, I can create relationships and then rbind the results. I tried adding a color column for a musicians instrument, but haven't had any luck in being able to apply it in the plot. Suggestions are welcome.

dfGDrelate = CreateRelation(dfGratefulDead, "GratefulDead")
dfJGBrelate = CreateRelation(dfJerryGarciaBand, "Jerry Garcia Band")
dfRatDogRelate = CreateRelation(dfRatDog, "RatDog")
dfOtherOnesRelate = CreateRelation(dfOtherOnes, "The Other Ones")

dfMusicians = rbind(dfGratefulDead, dfJerryGarciaBand, dfRatDog, dfOtherOnes)

dfMusicians = dfMusicians[!duplicated(dfMusicians), ]

dfInstrumentColor = data.frame(Instrument = c("bass", "drums", "guitar", "keyboards", 
    "vocals", "saxophone"), Color = c("black", "beige", "red", "blue", "green", 
dfMusicians = merge(dfMusicians, dfInstrumentColor)
dfMusicians = dfMusicians[, c("Musician", "Instrument", "Color")]

dfRelations = rbind(dfGDrelate, dfJGBrelate, dfRatDogRelate, dfOtherOnesRelate)

g = graph.data.frame(dfRelations, directed = FALSE, vertices = dfMusicians)

plot(g, vertex.color = g$Color)

plot of chunk unnamed-chunk-5

Note the mashup of Bobby, Mickey, Bill and Phil in the center. They've had a lot of crossover post 1995. If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I'd probably spend the next few hours playing with this. Developing a chart of all the permutations of Yes, Asia, King Crimson, etc. could take the better part of an evening.

## R version 3.0.2 (2013-09-25)
## Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
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## [3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252
## [4] LC_NUMERIC=C                          
## [5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252    
## attached base packages:
## [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     
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## loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
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One thought on “24 Days of R: Day 12

  1. Thanks for sharing, this helped me.

    The code below allowed me to get the vertex colours. Firstly ensure that dfMusicians$Color is not a factor (there are probably better ways).

    dfMusicians$Color <- as.character(dfMusicians$Color)
    g = graph.data.frame(dfRelations, directed = FALSE, vertices = dfMusicians)
    V(g)$color <- dfMusicians$Color

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