Controls the number of major ticks on the x-axis of a 2-D plot.


plotSetXTicCount(&myPlot, num_tics)
  • &myPlot (struct pointer) – A plotControl structure pointer.

  • num_tics (Scalar) – the number of major ticks to place on the x-axis.


// Create some data to plot
x = seqa(-3, 0.1, 61);
y = x.^3 + rndn(rows(x), 1);

// Plot the data
plotXY(x, y);

5 tick marks

will produce a graph that looks similar to the one above, with 5 major tick marks on the x-axis. If we use 8 tick marks, there will be one major tick for every integer on the x-axis. We can make that change like this:

// Declare and initialize plotControl structure
struct plotControl myPlot;
myPlot = plotGetDefaults("xy");

// Set the x-axis to have 8 tick marks
plotSetXTicCount(&myPlot, 8);

// Plot the data, using the plotControl structure
plotXY(myPlot, x, y);


Note that plotSetXTicInterval() does not provide complete control over the x-axis ticks. If the number of x-ticks requested would cause an odd x-tick interval, GAUSS will create a number of ticks that will provide more even spacing. For instance, in the example above, 8 ticks gave a space between ticks of 1. If we chose 9 ticks, the spacing between ticks would be 0.889. In that case, GAUSS would instead draw 8 ticks for a more even appearance.

For more control over the x-axis of time series plots, use plotSetXTicInterval() instead.

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.