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# How to Fix: Error in plot.window(…) : need finite ‘xlim’ values

One error you may encounter when using R is:

```Error in plot.window(...) : need finite 'xlim' values
```

This error occurs when you attempt to create a plot in R and use either a character vector or a vector with only NA values on the x-axis.

The following examples show two different scenarios where this error may occur in practice.

### Example 1: Error with Character Vector

Suppose attempt to create a scatterplot using the following code:

```#define data
x #attempt to create scatterplot
plot(x, y)

Error in plot.window(...) : need finite 'xlim' values
```

We receive an error because the vector that we used for the x-axis values is a character vector.

To fix this error, we simply need to supply a numeric vector to the x-axis:

```#define two numeric vectors
x #create scatterplot
plot(x, y)```

We’re able to create the scatterplot without any errors because we supplied a numeric vector for the x-axis.

### Example 2: Error with Vector of NA Values

Suppose attempt to create a scatterplot using the following code:

```#define data
x #attempt to create scatterplot
plot(x, y)

Error in plot.window(...) : need finite 'xlim' values
```

We receive an error because the vector that we used for the x-axis values is a vector with only NA values.

To fix this error, we simply need to supply a numeric vector to the x-axis:

```#define two numeric vectors
x #create scatterplot
plot(x, y)```

Once again we’re able to successfully create a scatterplot with no errors because we used a numeric vector for the x-axis.