Sets the contour label for a graph.


plotSetContourLabels(&myPlot, show_labels[, label_format[, label_precision]])
  • &myPlot (struct pointer) – A plotControl structure pointer.
  • show_labels (scalar) – 0 or 1. The flag of show labels on contours.
  • label_format (string) –

    Optional argument. Format options:

    ”D” e.g. 1.234567;
    ”E” e.g.1.23E1;
    ”G” ”G” is either “D” or “E”, whichever is more compact
  • label_precision (scalar) – Optional argument, precision of contour label.


// Clear out variables in GAUSS workspace

// Create data
x = seqa(-4, .125, 161)';
y = seqa(-8, .125, 161);
z = sin(x) .* cos(y) * .5;
z = z .* sin(x/3) .* cos(y/3);
z = z .* sin(x/5) + sin(y/2.5)/3 + sin(x/2.5)/3;

// Set up control structure with defaults
// for surface plots
struct plotControl myPlot;
myPlot = plotGetDefaults("surface");

// Set title and Z axis label
plotSetTitle(&myPlot, "Contour plot example", "arial", 16, "black");

// Set color map for contour
plotSetColorMap(&myplot, "viridis");

// Set up flag of show label for contour
showLabels = 1;

// Set up format for contour label
label_format = "G";

// Set up precision for contour label
label_precision = 5;

// Use function to set up contour labels
plotSetContourLabels(&myplot, showlabels, label_format, label_precision);

// Draw graph using plotcontrol structure
plotContour(myPlot, x, y, z);

The plot is



This function sets an attribute in a plotControl structure. It does not affect an existing graph, or a new graph drawn using the default settings that are accessible from the Tools > Preferences > Graphics menu. See the GAUSS Graphics chapter for more information on the methods available for customizing your graphs.