Thread Subject: plotting in a for loop

 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: Jeffrey Date: 21 Jul, 2012 18:43:14 Message: 1 of 8 Hi, I have many vectors that I want to plot in a for loop (x1 x2 x3 x4 y1 y2 y3 y4). How do you assign the index in the for loop to the vector you want to plot? example i=1:1:4 plot(xj,yj)????? Thanks,
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: dpb Date: 21 Jul, 2012 18:56:50 Message: 2 of 8 On 7/21/2012 1:43 PM, Jeffrey wrote: > Hi, > > I have many vectors that I want to plot in a for loop (x1 x2 x3 x4 y1 y2 > y3 y4). How do you assign the index in the for loop to the vector you > want to plot? > > example > i=1:1:4 > > plot(xj,yj)????? Where's the data? If they're in the array x,y where x is the same for each y then plot(x,y) will do all in "one swell foop" If you really mean you have variables named x1...xN, etc., the answer is "don't do that" -- use arrays or structures instead. FAQ 4.6 --
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: Jeffrey Date: 21 Jul, 2012 19:26:22 Message: 3 of 8 I am trying to plot each data set separately in a for loop to make a animations. There are hundreds of plots. Maybe a better question is:  If I have vectors x1, x2,..., xn y1, y2,..., yn. I want to plot (x1,y1) then update the figure with plot (x2, y2) and so on.  Maybe there are better ways to do this but how can I write x1,..., xn in a for loop where i=1:n.  I try something like ['x' num2str(i)] but this does not display the vector xi? Thanks,   dpb wrote in message ... > On 7/21/2012 1:43 PM, Jeffrey wrote: > > Hi, > > > > I have many vectors that I want to plot in a for loop (x1 x2 x3 x4 y1 y2 > > y3 y4). How do you assign the index in the for loop to the vector you > > want to plot? > > > > example > > i=1:1:4 > > > > plot(xj,yj)????? > > Where's the data? > > If they're in the array x,y where x is the same for each y then > > plot(x,y) > > will do all in "one swell foop" > > If you really mean you have variables named x1...xN, etc., the answer is > "don't do that" -- use arrays or structures instead. > > FAQ 4.6 > > > > --
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: dpb Date: 21 Jul, 2012 19:55:25 Message: 4 of 8 On 7/21/2012 2:26 PM, Jeffrey wrote: ... > Maybe there are better ways to do this but how can I write x1,..., xn in > a for loop where i=1:n. > I try something like ['x' num2str(i)] but this does not display the > vector xi? ... >> FAQ 4.6 >> >> Yes, there _is_ a better way...don't create the multiple variables but use an array and then if you really want the plots individually in a loop plot(x(:,1), y(:,1); hold on for i=1:size(x,2)    plot(x(:,i), y(:,i); end If for some unstated reason you can't use an array, "have your cake and eat it too" -- used structures w/ dynamic field names. Also addressed in the above FAQ --
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: Jeffrey Date: 22 Jul, 2012 02:46:34 Message: 5 of 8 I would like to put the vectors in an array but this is part of my question, I don't know how to call out the vectors labeled x1,x2,x3,...xn. I apologize for such a basic question and I know the answer is very simple. what if I wanted to display all the vectors without typing all of them i=1:1:n x what goes here? end dpb wrote in message ... > On 7/21/2012 2:26 PM, Jeffrey wrote: > ... > > > Maybe there are better ways to do this but how can I write x1,..., xn in > > a for loop where i=1:n. > > I try something like ['x' num2str(i)] but this does not display the > > vector xi? > ... > > >> FAQ 4.6 > >> > >> > > > > > Yes, there _is_ a better way...don't create the multiple variables but > use an array and then if you really want the plots individually in a loop > > plot(x(:,1), y(:,1); > hold on > for i=1:size(x,2) > plot(x(:,i), y(:,i); > end > > If for some unstated reason you can't use an array, "have your cake and > eat it too" -- used structures w/ dynamic field names. Also addressed > in the above FAQ > > --
 Subject: plotting in a for loop Date: 22 Jul, 2012 03:57:36 Message: 6 of 8 On Saturday, July 21, 2012 1:43:14 PM UTC-5, Jeffrey wrote: > Hi, > > I have many vectors that I want to plot in a for loop (x1 x2 x3 x4 y1 y2 y3 y4). How do you assign the index in the for loop to the vector you want to plot? > > example > i=1:1:4 > > plot(xj,yj)????? > > Thanks, assign vector use index, like x(j) and y(i). use ii also not i becuase matlab i is the imagine numbers
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: dpb Date: 22 Jul, 2012 04:45:09 Message: 7 of 8 On 7/21/2012 9:46 PM, Jeffrey wrote: > > I would like to put the vectors in an array but this is part of my > question, I don't know how to call out the vectors labeled > x1,x2,x3,...xn. I apologize for such a basic question and I know the > answer is very simple. > > what if I wanted to display all the vectors without typing all of them > > i=1:1:n > x what goes here? > end > ... Let's go back to basics-- Where did these vectors come from originally? As to the question above, as the FAQ says, to do that means eval() and that is very rarely the right way to proceed. So, how did you generate the vectors in the first place and let's get them created in a more useful form instead... --
 Subject: plotting in a for loop From: Ioanna Date: 23 Jul, 2012 11:11:14 Message: 8 of 8 "Jeffrey " wrote in message ... > > I would like to put the vectors in an array but this is part of my question, I don't know how to call out the vectors labeled x1,x2,x3,...xn. I apologize for such a basic question and I know the answer is very simple. > > what if I wanted to display all the vectors without typing all of them > > i=1:1:n > x what goes here? > end > > You should never ever ever name things x1, x2, x3. In general, you can create a cell array and then call x{1}, x{2} etc. http://www.mathworks.co.uk/help/techdoc/ref/cell.html In the specific case where they are arrays of the same size you can add them all to a big array with an extra dimension. For example, if they are vectors of the same length, make a matrix with each vector being a column and call x(:,1), x(:,2) to get data for each vector when you want to plot.

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