# convert plot3 to contour plot

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MOOSE on 17 Jan 2020
Answered: Star Strider on 17 Jan 2020
Hi,
I have a novice question in matlab.
Say that I have some matrix
a = [1 2 3; 4 5 6; 7 8 10; 11 12 13]
I can plot this in 3d where column 1 is the x-axis, column 2 is the y-axis, and column 3 is the z-axis, by writing
plot3(a(:,1),a(:,2),a(:,3),'.').
However, I also want to make a contour plot where I have column 1 along the x-axis, column 2 along the y-axis, and column 3 represents the heights above the z = 0 plane. To do this I have to reshape my data somehow so that I can write something like
contourf(X,Y,Z).
How can I do this efficiently?

Star Strider on 17 Jan 2020
Use the griddata function:
a = randi(9, 10, 3);
x = a(:,1);
y = a(:,2);
z = a(:,3);
xv = linspace(min(x), max(x), 6);
yv = linspace(min(y), max(y), 8);
[X,Y] = meshgrid(xv, yv);
Z = griddata(x,y,z,X,Y);
figure
contourf(X, Y, Z)
colorbar
The griddata function had problems with your original ‘a’ matrix, so I created one it would work with.