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# plot

2D plot

### Syntax

plot // demo plot(y) plot(x, y) plot(x, fun) plot(x, list(fun, param)) plot(.., LineSpec) plot(.., LineSpec, GlobalProperty) plot(x1, y1, LineSpec1, x2,y2,LineSpec2,...xN, yN, LineSpecN, GlobalProperty1,.. GlobalPropertyM) plot(x1,fun1,LineSpec1, x2,y2,LineSpec2,...xN,funN,LineSpecN, GlobalProperty1, ..GlobalPropertyM) plot(axes_handle,...)

### Arguments

- x
vector or matrix of real numbers. If omitted, it is assumed to be the vector

`1:n`

where`n`

is the number of curve points given by the`y`

parameter.- y
vector or matrix of real numbers.

- fun, fun1, ..
handle of a function, as in

`plot(x, sin)`

.If the function to plot needs some parameters as input arguments, the function and its parameters can be specified through a list, as in

`plot(x, list(delip, -0.4))`

- LineSpec
This optional argument must be a string that will be used as a shortcut to specify a way of drawing a line. We can have one

`LineSpec`

per`y`

or`{x,y}`

previously entered.`LineSpec`

options deals with LineStyle, Marker and Color specifiers (see LineSpec). Those specifiers determine the line style, mark style and color of the plotted lines.- GlobalProperty
This optional argument represents a sequence of couple statements

`{PropertyName,PropertyValue}`

that defines global objects' properties applied to all the curves created by this plot. For a complete view of the available properties (see GlobalProperty).- axes_handle
This optional argument forces the plot to appear inside the selected axes given by

`axes_handle`

rather than the current axes (see gca).

### Description

`plot`

plots a set of 2D curves. `plot`

has been
rebuild to better handle Matlab syntax. To improve graphical
compatibility, Matlab users should use `plot`

(rather than
plot2d).

Data entry specification :

In this paragraph and to be more clear, we won't mention
`LineSpec`

nor `GlobalProperty`

optional arguments
as they do not interfere with entry data (except for `"Xdata"`

,
`"Ydata"`

and `"Zdata"`

property, see
GlobalProperty). It is assumed that all those optional
arguments could be present too.

If `y`

is a vector, plot(y) plots vector `y`

versus vector `1:size(y,'*')`

.

If `y`

is a matrix, plot(y) plots each columns of
`y`

versus vector `1:size(y,1)`

.

If `x`

and `y`

are vectors, plot(x,y) plots
vector `y`

versus vector `x`

. `x`

and
`y`

vectors should have the same number of entries.

If `x`

is a vector and `y`

a matrix plot(x,y)
plots each columns of `y`

versus vector `x`

. In this
case the number of columns of `y`

should be equal to the number
of `x`

entries.

If `x`

and `y`

are matrices, plot(x,y) plots each
columns of `y`

versus corresponding column of `x`

.
In this case the `x`

and `y`

sizes should be the
same.

Finally, if only `x`

or `y`

is a matrix, the
vector is plotted versus the rows or columns of the matrix. The choice is
made depending on whether the vector's row or column dimension matches the
matrix row or column dimension. In case of a square matrix (on
`x`

or `y`

only), priority is given to columns
rather than lines (see examples below).

When it is necessary and possible, `plot` transposes
`x` and `y` ,
to get compatible dimensions; a warning is then issued. For instance,
when `x` has as many rows as `y` has columns.
If `y` is square, it is never transposed. |

`y`

can also be a function defined as a macro or a
primitive. In this case, `x`

data must be given (as a vector or
matrix) and the corresponding computation `y(x)`

is done
implicitly.

The `LineSpec`

and `GlobalProperty`

arguments
should be used to customize the plot. Here is a complete list of the
available options.

- LineSpec
This option may be used to specify, in a short and easy manner, how the curves are drawn. It must always be a string containing references to LineStyle, Marker and Color specifiers.

These references must be set inside the string (order is not important) in an unambiguous way. For example, to specify a red long-dashed line with the diamond mark enabled, you can write :

`'r--d'`

or`'--dire'`

or`'--reddiam'`

or another unambiguous statement... or to be totally complete`'diamondred--'`

(see LineSpec).Note that the line style and color, marks color (and sizes) can also be (re-)set through the polyline entity properties (see polyline_properties).

- GlobalProperty
This option may be used to specify how all the curves are plotted using more option than via

`LineSpec`

. It must always be a couple statement constituted of a string defining the`PropertyName`

, and its associated value`PropertyValue`

(which can be a string or an integer or... as well depending on the type of the`PropertyName`

). Using`GlobalProperty`

, you can set multiple properties : every properties available via LineSpec and more : the marker color (foreground and background), the visibility, clipping and thickness of the curves. (see GlobalProperty)Note that all these properties can be (re-)set through the polyline entity properties (see polyline_properties).

### Remarks

By default, successive plots are superposed. To clear the previous
plot, use `clf()`

. To enable `auto_clear`

mode as
the default mode, edit your default axes doing:

da=gda();

da.auto_clear = 'on'

For a better display `plot`

function may modify the `box`

property of
its parent Axes. This happens when the parent Axes were created by the call to `plot`

or were empty
before the call. If one of the axis is centered at origin,
the box is disabled.
Otherwise, the box is enabled.

For more information about box property and axis positioning see axes_properties

A default color table is used to color plotted curves if you do not specify a color. When drawing multiple lines, the plot command automatically cycles through this table. Here are the used colors:

`R` |
`G` |
`B` |
---|---|---|

0. | 0. | 1. |

0. | 0.5 | 0. |

1. | 0. | 0. |

0. | 0.75 | 0.75 |

0.75 | 0. | 0.75 |

0.75 | 0.75 | 0. |

0.25 | 0.25 | 0.25 |

Enter the command `plot`

to see a demo.

### Examples

**Simple plot of a single curve:**

// Default abscissae = indices subplot(1,2,1) plot(sin(0:0.1:2*%pi)) xlabel("x indices") // With explicit abscissae: x = [0:0.1:2*%pi]'; subplot(1,2,2) plot(x, sin(x)) xlabel("Specified abscissae")

**Multiple curves with shared abscissae:**
Y: 1 column = 1 curve:

**Specifying a macro or a builtin instead of explicit ordinates:**

clf subplot(2,2,1) // sin() is a builtin plot(1:0.1:10, sin) // <=> plot(1:0.1:10, sin(1:0.1:10)) title("plot(x, sin)", "fontsize",3) // with a macro: deff('y = myFun(x)','y = x + rand(x)') subplot(2,2,2) plot(-3:0.1:5, myFun) title("plot(x, myFun)", "fontsize",3) // With functions with parameters: subplot(2,2,3) plot(1:0.05:7, list(delip, -0.4)) // <=> plot(1:0.05:7, delip(1:0.05:7,-0.4) ) title("plot(x, list(delip,-0.4))", "fontsize",3) function Y=myPow(x, p) [X,P] = ndgrid(x,p); Y = X.^P; m = max(abs(Y),"r"); for i = 1:size(Y,2) Y(:,i) = Y(:,i)/m(i); end endfunction x = -5:0.1:6; subplot(2,2,4) plot(x, list(myPow,1:5)) title("plot(x, list(myPow,1:5))", "fontsize",3)

**Setting curves simple styles when calling plot():**

clf t = -%pi:%pi/20:2*%pi; // sin() : in Red, with O marks, without line // cos() : in Green, with + marks, with a solid line // gaussian: in Blue, without marks, with dotted line gauss = 1.5*exp(-(t/2-1).^2)-1; plot(t,sin,'ro', t,cos,'g+-', t,gauss,':b')

Vertical segments between two curves, with automatic colors, and using Global properties for markers styles. Targeting a defined axes.

clf subplot(1,3,3) ax3 = gca(); // We will draw here later xsetech([0 0 0.7 1]) // Defines the first Axes area t = -3:%pi/20:7; // Tuning markers properties plot([t ;t],[sin(t) ;cos(t)],'marker','d','markerFaceColor','green','markerEdgeColor','yel') // Targeting a defined axes plot(ax3, t, sin)

**Case of a non-square Y matrix:**
When it is consistent and required, X or/and Y data are
automatically transposed in order to become plottable.

clf() x = [5 6 7 8] y = [1 1 1 1 8 2 3 4 5 9 3 4 5 6 10 4 5 6 7 12]; // Only one matching possibility case: how to make 4 identical plots in 4 manners... // x is 1x4 (vector) and y is 4x5 (non square matrix) subplot(221); plot(x', y , "o-"); // OK as is subplot(222); plot(x , y , "o-"); // x is transposed subplot(223); plot(x', y', "o-"); // y is transposed subplot(224); plot(x , y', "o-"); // x and y are transposed

**Case of a square Y matrix, and X implicit or square:**

clf t = [1 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 6 4 5 6 7]; subplot(231), plot(t,"o-") , title("plot(t)", "fontsize",3) subplot(234), plot(t',"o-"), title("plot(t'')", "fontsize",3) subplot(232), plot(t,t,"o-") , title("plot(t, t)", "fontsize",3) subplot(233), plot(t,t',"o-"), title("plot(t,t'')", "fontsize",3) subplot(235), plot(t', t,"o-"), title("plot(t'', t)", "fontsize",3) subplot(236), plot(t', t',"o-"), title("plot(t'', t'')", "fontsize",3) for i=1:6, gcf().children(i).data_bounds([1 3]) = 0.5; end

**Special cases of a matrix X and a vector Y:**

clf X = [1 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 6 4 5 6 7]; y = [1 2 3 4]; subplot(221), plot(X, y, "o-"), title("plot(X, row)", "fontsize",3) // equivalent to plot(t, [1 1 1 1; 2 2 2 2; 3 3 3 3; 4 4 4 4]) subplot(223), plot(X, y', "o-"), title("plot(X, col) (row = col'')", "fontsize",3) subplot(222), plot(X',y, "o-"), title("plot(X'', row)", "fontsize",3) subplot(224), plot(X',y', "o-"), title("plot(X'', col) (row = col'')", "fontsize",3) for i = 1:4, gcf().children(i).data_bounds([1 3]) = 0.5; end

**Post-tuning Axes and curves:**

x=[0:0.1:2*%pi]'; plot(x-4,sin(x), x+2,cos(x)) // axis centered at (0,0) a=gca(); // Handle on axes entity a.x_location = "origin"; a.y_location = "origin"; // Some operations on entities created by plot ... isoview on a.children // list the children of the axes : here it is an Compound child composed of 2 entities poly1= a.children.children(2); //store polyline handle into poly1 poly1.foreground = 4; // another way to change the style... poly1.thickness = 3; // ...and the thickness of a curve. poly1.clip_state='off' // clipping control isoview off

### See also

- plot2d — 2D plot
- plot2d2 — 2D plot (step function)
- plot2d3 — 2D plot (vertical bars)
- plot2d4 — 2D plot (arrows style)
- param3d — plots a single curve in a 3D cartesian frame
- surf — 3D surface plot
- scf — set the current graphic figure (window)
- clf — Clears and resets a figure or a frame uicontrol
- xdel — delete a graphics window
- delete — delete a graphic entity and its children.
- LineSpec — to quickly customize the lines appearance in a plot
- Named colors — list of named colors
- GlobalProperty — customizes the objects appearance (curves, surfaces...) in a plot or surf command

### History

Version | Description |

6.0.1 | The "color"|"foreground", "markForeground", and "markBackground" GlobalProperty colors can now be chosen among the full predefined colors list, or by their "#RRGGBB" hexadecimal codes, or by their indices in the colormap. |

6.0.2 | Plotting a function fun(x, params) with input parameters is now possible with plot(x, list(fun, params)). |

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