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Statistics[AreaChart] - create area charts from data

Calling Sequence

AreaChart(X, options, plotoptions)








(optional) equation(s) of the form option=value where option is one of color, format, markers, orientation, scale, or xcoords; specify options for generating the area chart



options to be passed to the plots[display] command



The AreaChart command generates an area chart for the specified data. Several formats are available for multiple data sets: default, stacked and percent stacked. See format option below for more information.


The first parameter X is either a single data sample - given as e.g. a Vector - or a list of data samples. Note, that the individual samples may be of variable size.


If the ['interactive'] option is used, then a dialog box appears that allows for customized creation of the plot.



The options argument can contain one or more of the options shown below. All unrecognized options will be passed to the plots[display] command. See the plot/options and plot3d/options help pages for details.


color=name, list, or range


This option specifies colors for the individual data sets.  When a list of colors is given, each of the areas will be colored with the corresponding color in the list. If a range of colors is given, the colors will be generated by selecting an appropriate number of equally-spaced points in the corresponding hue range.


format=default or stacked


By default, individual data sets are displayed side-by-side as 3-D polygons. A stacked area chart shows related data groups, one on top of the other. A percent area chart is similar to a stacked area chart, except that it is rescaled to a height of 1 while preserving proportionality. If scale is set to relative and format is set to stacked then a percent stacked will be generated.




This option specifies whether the original data points should appear on the plot. The default value is true.


orientation=vertical, or horizontal


This option specifies whether the vertical or the horizontal layout should be used. The default value is vertical.


scale=absolute or relative


This option controls whether the absolute or relative data scale should be used. If scale is set to relative and format is set to default then all data samples will be rescaled so that their range belongs to an interval between -1 and 1. If scale is set to relative and format is set to stacked then a percent stacked plot will be generated.


xcoords=default, list


This option specifies the x-coordinates of the data points. By default, the x-coordinates of the points are 1, 2, 3, ...






The commands to create the plots from the Plotting Guide are



The AreaChart command also accepts a Matrix. The columns are understood as individual data samples.





AreaChartM,format=stacked,scale=relative,color=Maroon..Goldenrod,title=Percent Stacked Area Chart,gridlines=true


AreaChartA,color=Blue,transparency=0.5,thickness=3,symbol=solidcircle,symbolsize=15,legend=Data Set A

See Also

plot/option, plot3d/option, Statistics, Statistics/Visualization, Statistics[LineChart], Statistics[PointPlot]

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