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Re: Vary PlotStyle in ListPlot ?

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  • Subject: [mg90071] Re: Vary PlotStyle in ListPlot ?
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 06:21:34 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <g3vkp3$kca$>

Coleman, Mark wrote:

> I'm producing ListPlots with a  large number (>100000) pairs of points.
> Is there a way to vary the PlotStyle in a single ListPlot command, so
> that sets of points in a certain region are a different color or Opacity
> than points outside the region? This is simple using Show and individual
> ListPlots, but I'm wondering if it can be done within a single ListPlot
> command.


one can pass a list of directives to PlotStyle and a list of lists for 
the points to be plotted, each list taking into account the 
corresponding graphic directives. For instance,

data = Table[{k, Sin[k] + RandomReal[{-1, 1}]}, {k, 0, 2 Pi,
     2 Pi/1000}];

myRegion1 = Cases[data, {x_ /; 1 < x < 3, y_ /; 1/2 < y < 3/2}];

myRegion2 = Cases[data, {x_, y_ /; y < -1}];

pts = { Complement[data, myRegion1, myRegion2], myRegion1,

  PlotStyle -> {Directive[Red, PointSize[Medium]],
    Directive[Darker[Green], PointSize[Large]],
    Directive[Orange, PointSize[Small]]}]

-- Jean-Marc

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