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Re: Colored ListPlot

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  • Subject: [mg36904] Re: Colored ListPlot
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <slhollis at>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 04:45:54 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Here's a refinement of my previous post. Everything is wrapped up in a 
function named DotPlot, which takes the following options:

ColorFunction (default: Hue)
ColorFunctionScaling (default: True)
DotSize (default: 0.01)

You can also provide other options such as Axes, Frame, Background, etc.


   DotPlot[data_?MatrixQ, opts___Rule] :=
    Module[{colorfn, scale, dotsize},
     colorfn = ColorFunction/.{opts}/.{ColorFunction->Hue};
     scale = ColorFunctionScaling/.{opts}/.{ColorFunctionScaling->True};
     dotsize = DotSize/.{opts}/.{DotSize->.01};
     With[{m = If[scale,{Min[#],Max[#]}&@Transpose[data][[3]], {0,1}]},
           (data /. {x_,y_,z_}-> {x,y,(z-m[[1]])/(m[[2]]-m[[1]])}),
           FilterOptions[Graphics, opts]
           ] ] ]


   vals = Table[{Random[], Random[], .5 Random[]}, {100}];

   DotPlot[vals, ColorFunction -> (Hue[#, 1, 1-#] & ),
     ColorFunctionScaling -> False, DotSize -> 0.02, Frame -> True]

Selwyn Hollis

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