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Hi guys, I have signal which it's a vector like

signal=[0.4 0.6 0.8 -0.8 -0.9 0.7];

t=1:length(signal); % in sec

I want to plot the time as x axis, so what Im doing is plot(signal) ; is that correct what I get is in my plot y as related to time? I mean the x axis that I get from plot(signal) is the time in seconds? if not , how can I plot my signal(y axis) in relation with time in sec(time is x axis ) ?

In addition, once we do just plot(signal), if the x axis isn't time so what does x axis represent in that case?

thanks alot for any assistance!

Paresh yeole
on 15 Jul 2020

Edited: Paresh yeole
on 15 Jul 2020

When you do

plot(signal)

Matlab plots the signal values for each data point. But if your x-axis do not vary in the steps of 1, then its better to use

plot(t,signal)

where t can have any step size as long as the lenght of both vectors is same.

Adam Danz
on 15 Jul 2020

Edited: Adam Danz
on 16 Jul 2020

Assuming you've got a vector of time stamps the same size as the signal vector, convert the time stamps to datetime values and then plot,

plot(dateTimeValues, signal)

The x axis will be in datetime (or duration if your x data are duration units).

If you don't have a vector of time stamps or durations, it would be easy enough to create.

Steven Lord
on 16 Jul 2020

Edited: Steven Lord
on 16 Jul 2020

- If Y is a vector, then the x-axis scale ranges from 1 to length(Y).
- If Y is a matrix, then the plot function plots the columns of Y versus their row number. The x-axis scale ranges from 1 to the number of rows in Y.
- If Y is complex, then the plot function plots the imaginary part of Y versus the real part of Y, such that plot(Y) is equivalent to plot(real(Y),imag(Y))."

As stated, your signal variable is a real vector so "the x-axis scale ranges from 1 to length(Y)." The two plots created by the code below should be the same.

signal=[0.4 0.6 0.8 -0.8 -0.9 0.7];

figure

plot(signal)

figure

plot(1:length(signal), signal)

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