How to plot too many graph in a figure?

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Arnab Pal
Arnab Pal on 6 Jan 2021
Commented: Adam Danz on 6 Jan 2021
I am trying to plot 18 graph in a figure in 3 X 6 manner. But they are comming as too small. I want to increase length of the canvas but unable to do that properly. Please give me solutions.
I have prepared the code in this way:
figure(1)
subplot(6,3,1)
plot(0:24, DE(1,:),':o', 'MarkerSize', 4, 'MarkerFaceColor', [0.75 0 0.75],'color',[0.75 0 0.75],'LineWidth',2),legend('BES1 DE', 'Location','southeast')
set(gca,'FontSize',18)
xlabel('Hour')
ylabel('Stored Energy (kWh)')
xlim([0 24])
% ylim([2085 2105])
set(gca,'XTick',(0:6:24));
subplot(6,3,2)
plot(0:24, DE(2,:),':o', 'MarkerSize', 4, 'MarkerFaceColor',[0 0.5 0],'color',[0 0.5 0],'LineWidth',2),legend('BES2 DE', 'Location','southeast')
set(gca,'FontSize',18)
xlabel('Hour')
ylabel('Stored Energy (kWh)')
xlim([0 24])
% ylim([1000 3500])
set(gca,'XTick',(0:6:24));

Answers (2)

Cris LaPierre
Cris LaPierre on 6 Jan 2021
It looks like all your plots share the same x axis values. Have you considered using stackedplot?
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 6 Jan 2021
The problem I see in the figure is the tiny axes and the large amount of space that labels and legends consume. I don't see a problem with the figure size.
stackedplot would greatly reduce that problem, especially if you have 3 stacked plots on the same figure.

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 6 Jan 2021
Edited: Adam Danz on 6 Jan 2021
  • Does each line really need its own axis? Why not plot all lines together on 1 axis and just different colors or marker symbols to indicate their meaning, along with a legend?
  • Remove the legends; you don't need legends if there's only 1 line per axis.
  • You also don't need xlabel and ylabel for each plot. Instead, only label the x axis on the bottom axes and 1 y axis for each column of axes.
  • Instead of subplot() use TiledLayout and set TileSpacing and/or Padding to 'compact' or 'none'.
  • Lastly, try out stackedplot() since all of your x-axes are the same scale. See how to add more than 1 stacked plot per figure and how to link the x-axes.

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