# Time Series Plots

Learn how to build time series plots with ggplot2.

## We'll cover the following

- Introduction to time series plots
- Preparing time series data for visualization
- Basic time series plot in ggplot2
- Handling date formats for time series plotting
- Adding axis breaks to a time series plot
- Setting limits in a time series plot
- Modifying time series plots with colors and points
- Adding confidence intervals with trend lines

## Introduction to time series plots

**Time series** plots are a type of line chart used to visualize time series data and help identify patterns, trends, and seasonality in the data. Both *line charts* and *time series plots* are commonly used to visualize data in R and can be created using the `geom_line()`

function in the `ggplot2`

package. However, line charts and time series charts are different, and it is essential to understand these key differences before building the time series plots in `ggplot2`

.

Let’s compare the differences between both in terms of usage, data requirement, and additional features.

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