How to Remove Outliers from Boxplot using ggplot2 in R

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This tutorial will go through how to remove outliers from a boxplot using ggplot2 in R with the help of code examples.


In the following example, we are going to use the iris dataset to create a boxplot.


ggplot(data=iris, aes(x=Species, y=Sepal.Length)) + 

We can see that there is an outlier for the virginica species.

Remove Outlier Using outlier.shape=NA

We can remove the outlier by using the argument outlier.shape=NA in the geom_boxplot() constructor. Let’s look at the revised code:


ggplot(data=iris, aes(x=Species, y=Sepal.Length)) + 

Let’s run the code to see the result.

We successfully removed the outlier from the boxplot.


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Suf is a research scientist at Moogsoft, specializing in Natural Language Processing and Complex Networks. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Science working on adaptations of cutting-edge physics analysis techniques to data-intensive problems in industry. In another life, he was an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment of the Large Hadron Collider. His passion is to share his experience as an academic moving into industry while continuing to pursue research. Find out more about the creator of the Research Scientist Pod here and sign up to the mailing list here!