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RE: Rotating tick marks

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  • Subject: [mg29771] RE: [mg29756] Rotating tick marks
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 01:00:14 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I am guessing that your displeasure is with a plot something like the

f[a_][x_] := a Sin[x]

Plot[f[1.33*^-7][x], {x, 0, 7}, Frame -> True,
   FrameLabel -> {x, y}];

The scientific notation takes up a lot of space and is redundent. But I
don't see how rotating the labels would help because then the labels would
overlap or at least be crowded. In this case, one way to handle the problem
is to scale the tick labels and put the scaling factor in the y axis label.
That is the way that many plots are labeled in scientific journals.

Plot[f[1.33*^-7][x], {x, 0, 7}, Frame -> True,
    FrameTicks -> {Automatic, Table[{i 10^-8, i}, {i, -10, 10, 5}],
    FrameLabel -> {x, "y × 10^7"}];

David Park
djmp at

> From: Catherine Neish [mailto:cdneish at]
To: mathgroup at
> Hi there.
> I have created a 2D graphic in which I specified the tick marks on the
> y-axis.  These tick labels are relatively long, and "stick out"
> horizontally
> from the frame.  Is there any way to rotate them?  As it is right now, the
> figure has a large amount of unnecessary white space surrounding it due to
> these ticks.
> I tried to use RotateLabel, but I believe that only applies to the frame
> labels.  Any help you could provide on this matter would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Sincerely,
> Catherine Neish

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