## How to make two plots happen at the same time on two different axes?

Asked by William Fantin

### William Fantin (view profile)

on 17 May 2019
Latest activity Edited by Adam Danz

### Adam Danz (view profile)

on 22 May 2019
Hello,
My problem is I have two graphs that draw things out at the same time, but they are on different axes. I want them to run in sync with each other so you can see at the same time. As of now one gets drawn out, then after that is done the other starts plotting its points.
Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks

### Adam Danz (view profile)

on 18 May 2019
Why not put both plot updates in the same loop where each iteration updates the data on plot 1 and then updates the data on plot 2 and then uses drawnow() on each axis at the end of the iteration; then continue to the next iteration.
William Fantin

### William Fantin (view profile)

on 18 May 2019
Hmmm, I was thinking this, but I guess I dont know how to specify that I want one on a certain plot and want the other on a different plot?
Lets say I have this code:
V=linspace(-5,5)
for k=V:length(V)
y=sin(V)
plot(y,'r')
w=cos(V)
plot(w,'b')
end
How would I go about plotting the w and y on different axes in a gui?
Thank you!
Walter Roberson

### Walter Roberson (view profile)

on 18 May 2019
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### Adam Danz (view profile)

on 18 May 2019
Edited by Adam Danz

### Adam Danz (view profile)

on 22 May 2019

Here's a demo to follow. It creates two axes that display the time course of a sine and cosine wave. Run it, step through it to understand what's going on, and I'd be glad to address any questions.
% Create data for both axes
x = -pi:.05:pi;
y1 = sin(x);
y2 = cos(x);
% Set up figure(s)
% Note: A lot of this section would be more efficiently done by looping through
% both axes instead of having duplicate commands.
figure
s1 = subplot(2,1,1);
s2 = subplot(2,1,2);
ylabel(s1,'sin(x)')
ylabel(s2,'cos(x)')
xlim(s1,[min(x),max(x)]);
xlim(s2,[min(x),max(x)]);
ylim(s1,[min(y1),max(y1)]);
ylim(s2,[min(y2),max(y2)]);
hold(s1,'on');
hold(s2,'on')
grid(s1,'on')
grid(s2,'on')
% Plot empty lines that will be updated within the loop
% Note: In this exmaple I could have used the real x values below but
% I wanted to show how you update them within the loop.
p1 = plot(s1,nan(size(x)),nan(size(y1)),'-o');
p2 = plot(s2,nan(size(x)),nan(size(y2)),'-o');
% Update each iteration
for i = 1:length(x)
% Update values
p1.XData(i) = x(i);
p1.YData(i) = y1(i);
p2.XData(i) = x(i);
p2.YData(i) = y2(i);
% Update axes
drawnow
end