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Plot (Big)

version 1.6.0.0 (25.9 KB) by Tucker McClure
Makes MATLAB's line plots much faster.

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Updated 16 May 2018

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Editor's Note: This file was selected as MATLAB Central Pick of the Week

This simple tool intercepts data going into a plot and reduces it to the smallest possible set that looks identical given the number of pixels available on the screen. It then updates the data as a user zooms or pans. This is useful when a user must plot a very large amount of data and explore it visually.
This works with MATLAB's built-in line plot functions, allowing the functionality of those to be preserved.
Instead of:

plot(t, x);

One could use:

reduce_plot(t, x);

Most plot options, such as multiple series and line properties, can be passed in too, such that 'reduce_plot' is largely a drop-in replacement for 'plot'.

h = reduce_plot(t, x(1, :), 'b:', t, x(2, :), t, x(3, :), 'r--*');

This function works on plots where the "x" data is always increasing, which is the most common, such as for time series.

For more information, see:

>> help LinePlotReducer

or

>> help reduce_plot

Cite As

Tucker McClure (2022). Plot (Big) (https://github.com/tuckermcclure/matlab-plot-big), GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012b
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