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Statistics[PointPlot] - generate point plots

Calling Sequence

PointPlot(X, options, plotoptions)








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



options to be passed to the plots[display] command



The PointPlot command generates a point plot 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 plot[options] 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 points 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 as independent sets of points. A stacked point plot shows related data groups, one on top of the other. A percent point plot is similar to a stacked point plot, 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 plot will be generated.


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 or list


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






PointPlotA,B,C,title=Point Plot,gridlines=true

PointPlotA,B,C,format=stacked,color=Indigo..Magenta,title=Stacked Point Plot,gridlines=true

PointPlotA,B,C,format=stacked,scale=relative,color=Blue,title=Percent Stacked Point Plot,gridlines=true

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




PointPlotM,format=stacked,scale=relative,color=Blue,title=Percent Stacked Point Plot,gridlines=true


The command to create the plot from the Plotting Guide using the data above is


See Also

plots[pointplot], Statistics, Statistics[AreaChart], Statistics[ErrorPlot], Statistics[LineChart], Statistics[Visualization]

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