# How to Animate a Control Chart

Recently, I wrote a post about creating control charts in R, and now I want to experiment with animating one of those charts.

Lets start with the `tidyverse`

, `gganimate`

, and `ggQC`

.

```
library(tidyverse)
library(gganimate)
library(ggQC)
```

Now, lets rebuild the last control chart from my previous post.

```
# Generate sample data
set.seed(20190117)
example_df <- data_frame(values = rnorm(n=30*5, mean = 25, sd = .005),
subgroup = rep(1:30, 5),
n = rep(1:5, each = 30)) %>%
add_row(values = rnorm(n=2*5, mean = 25 + .006, sd = .005),
subgroup = rep(31:32, 5),
n = rep(1:5, each = 2))
violations <- example_df %>%
QC_Violations(value = "values", grouping = "subgroup", method = "xBar.rBar") %>%
filter(Violation == TRUE) %>%
select(data, Index) %>%
unique()
ggQC_example <- example_df %>%
ggplot(aes(x = subgroup, y = values)) +
stat_summary(fun.y = mean, geom = "line", aes(group = 1)) +
stat_summary(fun.y = mean, geom = "point", aes(group = 1)) +
stat_QC(method = "xBar.rBar", auto.label = TRUE, label.digits = 4) +
scale_x_continuous(expand = expand_scale(mult = c(.05, .15))) + # Pad the x-axis for the labels
ylab("x-bar") +
theme_bw() +
geom_point(data = violations, aes(x = Index, y = data), color = "red", group = 1)
ggQC_example
```

You can see that I added some grouping variables to try to control the annimation, but I couldn’t get it to look right. Take a look:

```
ggQC_example +
transition_reveal(subgroup)
```

Ok, setting the red points asside, the graph seems to recalculate the control limits for each frame. Let’s try making the same plot from a tidy dataset, and see if that annimates a little more nicely.

```
UCL <- xBar_rBar_UCL(data = example_df, value = "values", grouping = "subgroup")
LCL <- xBar_rBar_LCL(data = example_df, value = "values", grouping = "subgroup")
take_two_df <- example_df %>%
group_by(subgroup) %>%
summarise(point = mean(values)) %>% # caluculate the x-bar points
left_join(violations, by = c("subgroup" = "Index"), suffix = c("normal", "violation")) %>% # add the information about which points are out-of-control
mutate(control = case_when( # supply missing information from the join
is.na(data) ~ "out",
TRUE ~ "in"
))
take_two <- take_two_df %>%
ggplot(aes(x = subgroup, y = point)) +
geom_line() +
geom_point(aes(group = subgroup, color = control)) + # adding the group aes keeps the points from dissapearing
geom_hline(yintercept = c(LCL, UCL), color = "red") + # usin geom_hline keeps the line from annimating
geom_hline(yintercept = (UCL + LCL) / 2, alpha = .5) +
xlab("x-bar") +
ylab("subgroup") +
scale_color_manual(values = c("red", "black")) + # manually color the in-control vs out-of-control points
ggtitle("Annimated Control Chart") +
theme_bw() +
theme(legend.position = "none") + # the legend is self-explanatory
transition_reveal(subgroup) # specify the annimation
animate(take_two, end_pause = 10) # using the animate() function allows me to set the end_pause
```

Sure enough, that worked much more nicely. The lesson learned is that items that are calculated at the time of plotting act differently from those that are simply data being thrown on a graph. I couldn’t figure out how to get `stat_QC`

(which is calculated at run-time when plotting) to remain static, so I had to create a tidy dataset with all the information that I needed.

Regardless, `ggannimate`

makes annimations way easier than trying to creating all of those individual plots on their own and then combining them into a .gif. It would only be 32 plots if I wanted it to jump from point-to-point, but notice that the lines also get drawn rather than jumping.