# Find the direction away from the closest point

`thigmophobe.Rd`

Find the direction away from the closest point

## Arguments

- x,y
Numeric data vectors. Typically the x/y coordinates of plotted points. If arrays are passed, they will be silently coerced to numeric vectors.

- names
Names for the vector of directions.

- xlog,ylog
Flags for logarithmic axes. See Note.

- usr
The extent of the plot in user units.

- pin
Extent of the plot in inches.

- eps
smallest number that can be represented on the system.

- pi
value of pi.

## Details

`thigmophobe` returns the direction (as 1|2|3|4 - see pos= in
`text`) away from the nearest point to each of the points
described by `x` and `y`.

## Note

`thigmophobe` is typically used to get the offsets to automatically
place labels on a scatterplot or similar using `thigmophobe.labels`
to avoid overlapping labels. The name means "one who fears being touched".

The `plot.span`, `xlog` and `ylog` arguments were added to
allow `thigmophobe` to be used outside of base graphics.