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comet

2-D comet plot

Description

comet(y) displays a comet plot of the data specified in y versus the index of each value. A comet is an animation of a marker (head) and a line (tail) tracing a growing line over the data points. The tail is a solid line that traces the entire function.

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comet(x,y) displays a comet plot of y versus x.

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comet(x,y,p) specifies the comet body length. The comet body is a trailing segment in a different color that follows the head before fading. The body length is p*length(y), where p is a scalar in [0, 1).

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comet(ax,x,y,p) plots the comet into the axes specified by ax.

Examples

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Create a comet plot of data in y versus data in x. Create y as a vector of sine function values for input values between 0 and 2π. Create x as a vector of cosine function values for input values between 0 and 2π. Use an increment of π/100 between the values. Then, plot the data.

t = 0:pi/100:2*pi;
y = sin(t);
x = cos(t);
comet(x,y)

Create a comet plot and specify the comet body length by setting the scale factor input p. The comet body is a trailing segment in a different color that follows the head before fading.

Create x and y as vectors of trigonometric functions with input values from 0 to 4π. Specify p as 0.5 so that the comet body length is 0.5*length(y). Then, plot the data.

t = 0:pi/50:4*pi;
x = -sin(t) - sin(t/2);
y = -cos(t) + cos(t/2);
p = 0.5;
comet(x,y,p)

Create two comet plots in a tiled chart layout by specifying the target axes for each plot. Create two data sets, x1 and y1 and x2 and y2 as vectors of trigonometric functions with input values from 0 to 4π. Specify the body length scale factor p as 0.25 so that the body length is 0.25*length(y).

t = 0:pi/20:4*pi;
x1 = -cos(t) + cos(t/2);
y1 = -sin(t) - sin(t/2);
x2 =  cos(t) - cos(t/2);
y2 = -sin(t) - sin(t/2);
p = 0.25;

Store the two Axes objects as ax1 and ax2. Specify the target axes for each comet plot by including the Axes object as the first input argument to comet.

tiledlayout(1,2);
ax1 = nexttile;
ax2 = nexttile;

comet(ax1,x1,y1,p)
comet(ax2,x2,y2,p)

Input Arguments

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y-values, specified as a scalar or vector. To plot against specific x-values you must also specify x. If you specify geographic axes for ax, then y represents longitude in degrees.

x-values, specified as a vector. x and y must be the same length. If you specify geographic axes for ax, then x represents latitude in degrees.

Comet body length scale factor, specified as a value in the interval [0, 1). The comet body length is p*length(y).

Target axes, specified as an Axes object or GeographicAxes object.

Limitations

  • Comet plots do not support data tips.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced before R2006a