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I have used the following ggplot command:

ggplot(survey, aes(x = age)) + stat_bin(aes(n = nrow(h3), y = ..count.. / n), binwidth = 10)

  + scale_y_continuous(formatter = "percent", breaks = c(0, 0.1, 0.2))

  + facet_grid(hospital ~ .)

  + theme(panel.background = theme_blank())

to produce

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I'd like to change the facet labels, however, to something shorter (like Hosp 1, Hosp 2...) because they are too long now and look cramped (increasing the height of the graph is not an option, it would take too much space in the document). I looked at the facet_grid help page but cannot figure out how.

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To change the facet labels, you can rename the factors of the variable used for faceting.

For example:

data(mtcars)

mtcars$cyl <- as.factor(mtcars$cyl)

levels(mtcars$cyl) <- c("Four", "Six", "Eight")

levels(mtcars$cyl)

Output:

[1] "Four"  "Six"   "Eight"

To avoid changing the underlying data, you can use the following :

ggplot(transform(mtcars, cyl= c("Four", "Six", "Eight")[as.numeric(cyl)]), aes(mpg)) + stat_bin() + facet_grid(cyl ~ .)

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