R: Disabling Scientific Notation In ggplot


I am working with the R programming language.

I am trying to disable scientific notation from all plots produced using the ggplot library.

Normally, I use the following command to disable scientific notation :


However, this above code does not seem to disable the scientific notation for plots such as the one below (e.g. in the legend):

g1 = ggplot() +
    geom_sf(data = st_trans,
            aes(fill = cut_number(min_distance, 9)),
            alpha = 0.8,
            colour = 'white',
            size = 0.3) +
    scale_fill_brewer(palette = "PuBu",
                      name = "Minimum Distance") +
    labs(x = NULL, y = NULL,
         title = "Minimum Distance",
         subtitle = "Source: Your Data",
         caption = "Your Caption") +
    theme(panel.background = element_blank(),
          line = element_blank()) +
    coord_sf(datum = NA) +
    scale_x_continuous(labels = scales::comma) +
    scale_y_continuous(labels = scales::comma)

Does anyone know if there is some "master command" that can disable the scientific notation in all plots produced using ggplot?


>Solution :

After a bit of digging it looks like the issue is with cut_number(), rather than with ggplot. The cut_number() function is a wrapper for base::cut.default and it has a ‘default’ scientific notation (i.e. it ignores whatever scipen you set). Luckily cut_number() accepts a "dig.lab" argument so you can change it to suit.

E.g. setting dig.lab to 50 (the max) should fix the issue:


options(scipen = 999)

df <- data.frame(x = seq(1, 100000, 10000),
                 y = seq(5, 500000, 50000))

ggplot(df, aes(x = x, y = cut_number(y, 4))) +

ggplot(df, aes(x = x, y = cut_number(y, 4, dig.lab = 50))) +

Created on 2023-04-24 with reprex v2.0.2

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