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semilogy

Semilog plot (y-axis has log scale)

  • Semilogy plot

Description

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semilogy(X,Y) plots x- and y-coordinates using a linear scale on the x-axis and a base-10 logarithmic scale on the y-axis.

  • To plot a set of coordinates connected by line segments, specify X and Y as vectors of the same length.

  • To plot multiple sets of coordinates on the same set of axes, specify at least one of X or Y as a matrix.

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semilogy(X,Y,LineSpec) creates the plot using the specified line style, marker, and color.

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semilogy(X1,Y1,...,Xn,Yn) plots multiple pairs of x- and y-coordinates on the same set of axes. Use this syntax as an alternative to specifying coordinates as matrices.

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semilogy(X1,Y1,LineSpec1,...,Xn,Yn,LineSpecn) assigns specific line styles, markers, and colors to each x-y pair. You can specify LineSpec for some x-y pairs and omit it for others. For example, semilogy(X1,Y1,'o',X2,Y2) specifies markers for the first x-y pair but not the for the second pair.

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semilogy(Y) plots Y against an implicit set of x-coordinates.

  • If Y is a vector, the x-coordinates range from 1 to length(Y).

  • If Y is a matrix, the plot contains one line for each column in Y. The x-coordinates range from 1 to the number of rows in Y.

If Y contains complex numbers, semilogy plots the imaginary part of Y versus the real part of Y. However, if you specify both X and Y, MATLAB® ignores the imaginary part.

semilogy(Y,LineSpec) specifies line style, marker, and color.

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semilogy(___,Name,Value) specifies Line properties using one or more Name,Value pair arguments. The properties apply to all the plotted lines. Specify the Name,Value pairs after all the arguments in any of the previous syntaxes. For a list of properties, see Line Properties.

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semilogy(ax,___) displays the plot in the target axes. Specify the axes as the first argument in any of the previous syntaxes.

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lineobj = semilogy(___) returns a Line object or an array of Line objects. Use lineobj to modify properties of the plot after creating it. For a list of properties, see Line Properties.

Examples

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Create a vector of x-coordinates and a vector of y-coordinates. Create a log-linear plot of x and y, and call the grid function to show the grid lines.

x = 1:100;
y = x.^2;
semilogy(x,y)
grid on

Create a vector of x-coordinates and two vectors of y-coordinates. Plot two lines by passing comma-separated x-y pairs to semilogy.

x = 1:100;
y1 = x.^2;
y2 = x.^3;
semilogy(x,y1,x,y2)
grid on

Define vector x as the installments on a 20 year loan. Define vector y as the cumulative cost of a $1000 loan with an interest rate of 8%. Plot the cumulative cost at each installment.

P = 1000; 
npayments = 240;  
rate = 0.08/12; 
mpayment = P*(rate*(1+rate)^npayments)/(((1+rate)^npayments) - 1);
x = 1:240;
y = x * mpayment;
semilogy(x,y);
grid on

Change the y-axis tick values and tick labels by calling the yticks and yticklabels functions. Then create x- and y-axis labels by calling the xlabel and ylabel functions.

yticks([10 50 100 500 1000])
yticklabels({'$10','$50','$100','$500','$1000'})
xlabel ('Installment')
ylabel('Cumulate Cost')

Create a set of x- and y-coordinates and plot them in a log-linear plot. Specify the line style as 'o' to display circular markers without connecting lines. Specify the marker fill color as the RGB triplet [0 0.447 0.741], which corresponds to a dark shade of blue.

x = linspace(1,1000,15);
y = (1./x) * 10000;
semilogy(x,y,'o','MarkerFaceColor',[0 0.447 0.741])
grid on

Create two sets of x- and y-coordinates and display them in a log-linear plot. Specify a dashed line for the first set of coordinates. Then display a legend in the upper left corner of the plot by calling the legend function and specifying the location as 'northwest'.

x = 1:100;
y1 = x.^2;
y2 = x.^3;
semilogy(x,y1,'--',x,y2)
legend('x^2','x^3','Location','northwest')

When you specify only one coordinate vector, semilogy plots those coordinates against the values 1:length(y). For example, define y as a vector of 5 values. Create a log-linear plot of y.

y = [0.1 0.2 1 10 1000];
semilogy(y)
grid on

If you specify y as a matrix, the columns of y are plotted against the values 1:size(y,1). For example, define y as a 5-by-3 matrix and pass it to the semilogy function. The resulting plot contains 3 lines, each of which has x-coordinates that range from 1 to 5.

y = [ 0.1    1     10
      0.2    2     20
      1.0    10    100
      10     100   1000
      1000   10000 100000];

semilogy(y)
grid on

Create a tiled chart layout in the 'flow' tile arrangement, so that the axes fill the available space in the layout. Next, call the nexttile function to create an axes object and return it as ax1. Then display a log-linear plot by passing ax1 to the semilogy function.

tiledlayout('flow')
ax1 = nexttile;
x = 1:100;
y1 = x.^2;
semilogy(ax1,x,y1)

Repeat the process to create a second log-linear plot.

ax2 = nexttile;
y2 = 1./x;
semilogy(ax2,x,y2)

Create a log-linear plot containing two lines, and return the line objects in the variable slg.

x = 1:100;
y1 = x.^2;
y2 = x.^3;
slg = semilogy(x,y1,x,y2);

Change the width of the first line to 3, and change the color of the second line to purple.

slg(1).LineWidth = 3;
slg(2).Color = [0.4 0 1];

Insert NaN values wherever there are discontinuities in your data. The semilogy function displays gaps at those locations.

Create a pair of x- and y-coordinate vectors. Replace the twentieth y-coordinate with a NaN value. Then create a log-linear plot of x and y.

x = 1:50;
y = x.^2;
y(20) = NaN;
semilogy(x,y)

Input Arguments

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Linear scale coordinates, specified as a scalar, vector, or matrix. The size and shape of X depends on the shape of your data and the type of plot you want to create. This table describes the most common situations.

Type of PlotHow to Specify Coordinates
Single point

Specify X and Y as scalars and include a marker. For example:

semilogy(1,2,'o')

One set of points

Specify X and Y as any combination of row or column vectors of the same length. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4; 5; 6])

Multiple sets of points
(using vectors)

Specify consecutive pairs of X and Y vectors. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4 5 6],[1 2 3],[7 8 9])

Multiple sets of points
(using matrices)

If all the sets share the same x- or y-coordinates, specify the shared coordinates as a vector and the other coordinates as a matrix. The length of the vector must match one of the dimensions of the matrix. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4 5 6; 7 8 9])
If the matrix is square, semilogy plots one line for each column in the matrix.

Alternatively, specify X and Y as matrices of equal size. In this case, semilogy plots each column of Y against the corresponding column of X. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3; 4 5 6],[7 8 9; 10 11 12])

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64 | categorical | datetime | duration

Log scale coordinates, specified as a scalar, vector, or matrix. The size and shape of Y depends on the shape of your data and the type of plot you want to create. This table describes the most common situations.

Type of PlotHow to Specify Coordinates
Single point

Specify X and Y as scalars and include a marker. For example:

semilogy(1,2,'o')

One set of points

Specify X and Y as any combination of row or column vectors of the same length. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4; 5; 6])

Multiple sets of points
(using vectors)

Specify consecutive pairs of X and Y vectors. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4 5 6],[1 2 3],[7 8 9])

Multiple sets of points
(using matrices)

If all the sets share the same x- or y-coordinates, specify the shared coordinates as a vector and the other coordinates as a matrix. The length of the vector must match one of the dimensions of the matrix. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3],[4 5 6; 7 8 9])
If the matrix is square, semilogy plots one line for each column in the matrix.

Alternatively, specify X and Y as matrices of equal size. In this case, semilogy plots each column of Y against the corresponding column of X. For example:

semilogy([1 2 3; 4 5 6],[7 8 9; 10 11 12])

semilogy might exclude coordinates in some cases:

  • If the log scale coordinates include positive and negative values, only the positive values are displayed.

  • If the log scale coordinates are all negative, all of the values are displayed on a log scale with the appropriate sign.

  • Log scale values of zero are not displayed.

Data Types: single | double | int8 | int16 | int32 | int64 | uint8 | uint16 | uint32 | uint64

Line style, marker, and color, specified as a character vector or string containing symbols. The symbols can appear in any order. You do not need to specify all three characteristics (line style, marker, and color). For example, if you omit the line style and specify the marker, then the plot shows only the marker and no line.

Example: '--or' is a red dashed line with circle markers

Line StyleDescription
-Solid line
--Dashed line
:Dotted line
-.Dash-dot line
MarkerDescription
'o'Circle
'+'Plus sign
'*'Asterisk
'.'Point
'x'Cross
'_'Horizontal line
'|'Vertical line
's'Square
'd'Diamond
'^'Upward-pointing triangle
'v'Downward-pointing triangle
'>'Right-pointing triangle
'<'Left-pointing triangle
'p'Pentagram
'h'Hexagram
ColorDescription

y

yellow

m

magenta

c

cyan

r

red

g

green

b

blue

w

white

k

black

Target axes, specified as an Axes object. If you do not specify the axes and if the current axes is Cartesian, then semilogy uses the current axes.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: semilogy([1 2],[3 4],'Color','red') specifies a red line for the plot.

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The properties listed here are only a subset. For a complete list, see Line Properties.

Color, specified as an RGB triplet, a hexadecimal color code, a color name, or a short name. The color you specify sets the line color. It also sets the marker edge color when the MarkerEdgeColor property is set to 'auto'.

For a custom color, specify an RGB triplet or a hexadecimal color code.

  • An RGB triplet is a three-element row vector whose elements specify the intensities of the red, green, and blue components of the color. The intensities must be in the range [0,1]; for example, [0.4 0.6 0.7].

  • A hexadecimal color code is a character vector or a string scalar that starts with a hash symbol (#) followed by three or six hexadecimal digits, which can range from 0 to F. The values are not case sensitive. Thus, the color codes '#FF8800', '#ff8800', '#F80', and '#f80' are equivalent.

Alternatively, you can specify some common colors by name. This table lists the named color options, the equivalent RGB triplets, and hexadecimal color codes.

Color NameShort NameRGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
'red''r'[1 0 0]'#FF0000'

'green''g'[0 1 0]'#00FF00'

'blue''b'[0 0 1]'#0000FF'

'cyan' 'c'[0 1 1]'#00FFFF'

'magenta''m'[1 0 1]'#FF00FF'

'yellow''y'[1 1 0]'#FFFF00'

'black''k'[0 0 0]'#000000'

'white''w'[1 1 1]'#FFFFFF'

'none'Not applicableNot applicableNot applicableNo color

Here are the RGB triplets and hexadecimal color codes for the default colors MATLAB uses in many types of plots.

RGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
[0 0.4470 0.7410]'#0072BD'

[0.8500 0.3250 0.0980]'#D95319'

[0.9290 0.6940 0.1250]'#EDB120'

[0.4940 0.1840 0.5560]'#7E2F8E'

[0.4660 0.6740 0.1880]'#77AC30'

[0.3010 0.7450 0.9330]'#4DBEEE'

[0.6350 0.0780 0.1840]'#A2142F'

Line width, specified as a positive value in points, where 1 point = 1/72 of an inch. If the line has markers, then the line width also affects the marker edges.

The line width cannot be thinner than the width of a pixel. If you set the line width to a value that is less than the width of a pixel on your system, the line displays as one pixel wide.

Marker size, specified as a positive value in points, where 1 point = 1/72 of an inch.

Marker outline color, specified as 'auto', an RGB triplet, a hexadecimal color code, a color name, or a short name. The default value of 'auto' uses the same color as the Color property.

For a custom color, specify an RGB triplet or a hexadecimal color code.

  • An RGB triplet is a three-element row vector whose elements specify the intensities of the red, green, and blue components of the color. The intensities must be in the range [0,1]; for example, [0.4 0.6 0.7].

  • A hexadecimal color code is a character vector or a string scalar that starts with a hash symbol (#) followed by three or six hexadecimal digits, which can range from 0 to F. The values are not case sensitive. Thus, the color codes '#FF8800', '#ff8800', '#F80', and '#f80' are equivalent.

Alternatively, you can specify some common colors by name. This table lists the named color options, the equivalent RGB triplets, and hexadecimal color codes.

Color NameShort NameRGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
'red''r'[1 0 0]'#FF0000'

'green''g'[0 1 0]'#00FF00'

'blue''b'[0 0 1]'#0000FF'

'cyan' 'c'[0 1 1]'#00FFFF'

'magenta''m'[1 0 1]'#FF00FF'

'yellow''y'[1 1 0]'#FFFF00'

'black''k'[0 0 0]'#000000'

'white''w'[1 1 1]'#FFFFFF'

'none'Not applicableNot applicableNot applicableNo color

Here are the RGB triplets and hexadecimal color codes for the default colors MATLAB uses in many types of plots.

RGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
[0 0.4470 0.7410]'#0072BD'

[0.8500 0.3250 0.0980]'#D95319'

[0.9290 0.6940 0.1250]'#EDB120'

[0.4940 0.1840 0.5560]'#7E2F8E'

[0.4660 0.6740 0.1880]'#77AC30'

[0.3010 0.7450 0.9330]'#4DBEEE'

[0.6350 0.0780 0.1840]'#A2142F'

Marker fill color, specified as 'auto', an RGB triplet, a hexadecimal color code, a color name, or a short name. The 'auto' option uses the same color as the Color property of the parent axes. If you specify 'auto' and the axes plot box is invisible, the marker fill color is the color of the figure.

For a custom color, specify an RGB triplet or a hexadecimal color code.

  • An RGB triplet is a three-element row vector whose elements specify the intensities of the red, green, and blue components of the color. The intensities must be in the range [0,1]; for example, [0.4 0.6 0.7].

  • A hexadecimal color code is a character vector or a string scalar that starts with a hash symbol (#) followed by three or six hexadecimal digits, which can range from 0 to F. The values are not case sensitive. Thus, the color codes '#FF8800', '#ff8800', '#F80', and '#f80' are equivalent.

Alternatively, you can specify some common colors by name. This table lists the named color options, the equivalent RGB triplets, and hexadecimal color codes.

Color NameShort NameRGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
'red''r'[1 0 0]'#FF0000'

'green''g'[0 1 0]'#00FF00'

'blue''b'[0 0 1]'#0000FF'

'cyan' 'c'[0 1 1]'#00FFFF'

'magenta''m'[1 0 1]'#FF00FF'

'yellow''y'[1 1 0]'#FFFF00'

'black''k'[0 0 0]'#000000'

'white''w'[1 1 1]'#FFFFFF'

'none'Not applicableNot applicableNot applicableNo color

Here are the RGB triplets and hexadecimal color codes for the default colors MATLAB uses in many types of plots.

RGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
[0 0.4470 0.7410]'#0072BD'

[0.8500 0.3250 0.0980]'#D95319'

[0.9290 0.6940 0.1250]'#EDB120'

[0.4940 0.1840 0.5560]'#7E2F8E'

[0.4660 0.6740 0.1880]'#77AC30'

[0.3010 0.7450 0.9330]'#4DBEEE'

[0.6350 0.0780 0.1840]'#A2142F'

Tips

  • The semilogy function uses colors and line styles based on the ColorOrder and LineStyleOrder properties of the axes. semilogy cycles through the colors with the first line style. Then, it cycles through the colors again with each additional line style.

    You can change the colors and the line styles after plotting by setting the ColorOrder or LineStyleOrder properties on the axes. You can also call the colororder function to change the color order for all the axes in the figure.

Algorithms

The semilogy function plots y-coordinates on a log scale by setting the YScale property of the axes to 'log'. However, if the axes hold state is 'on' before you call semilogy, the property does not change, and the y-coordinates might display on a linear scale.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced before R2006a