MATLAB Function Reference    

Create graphs with y axes on both left and right side



plotyy(X1,Y1,X2,Y2) plots X1 versus Y1 with y-axis labeling on the left and plots X2 versus Y2 with y-axis labeling on the right.

plotyy(X1,Y1,X2,Y2,'function') uses the plotting function specified by the string 'function' instead of plot to produce each graph. 'function' can be plot, semilogx, semilogy, loglog, stem or any MATLAB function that accepts the syntax:

plotyy(X1,Y1,X2,Y2,'function1','function2') uses function1(X1,Y1) to plot the data for the left axis and function2(X2,Y2) to plot the data for the right axis.

[AX,H1,H2] = plotyy(...) returns the handles of the two axes created in AX and the handles of the graphics objects from each plot in H1 and H2. AX(1) is the left axes and AX(2) is the right axes.


This example graphs two mathematical functions using plot as the plotting function. The two y-axes enable you to display both sets of data on one graph even though relative values of the data are quite different.

You can use the handles returned by plotyy to label the axes and set the line styles used for plotting. With the axes handles you can specify the YLabel properties of the left- and right-side y-axis:

Use the xlabel and title commands to label the x-axis and add a title:

Use the line handles to set the LineStyle properties of the left- and right-side plots:

See Also

plot, loglog, semilogx, semilogy, axes properties: XAxisLocation, YAxisLocation

The axes chapter in the Using MATLAB Graphics manual for information on multi-axis axes.

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