Which plot do I need?

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Felix Lauwaert
Felix Lauwaert on 11 Aug 2015
Edited: Star Strider on 12 Aug 2015
Hello,
I'm trying to plot in 2D some points and I want to color them depending on a logic (1 or 0) classification.
I'll explain myself better. I have a matrix with different xy-coordinates and a logic values assigned to each coordinate that tells me if the point is suitable as an initial points for the deployment of a satellite. I've tried using scatter but I just get colored points and I'm looking for a "painted map" so I can easily see groups of good points and groups of bad points.
EDIT: I want to see a colored, continuum surface indicating "good" zones and "bad" zones depending of if there are many suitable points or not. Something like this image.
Thank you guys.

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Star Strider
Star Strider on 11 Aug 2015
If you already know the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ points, and they are defined by logical indexing, use the logical index values to separate them into the appropriate vectors, use the hold function, and plot them:
x = 1:100;
y = randi(99, 1, 100);
select = y > 75; % logical Selection Vector
good_pts = y(select);
bad_pts = y(~select);
figure(1)
scatter(x(select), good_pts, 'bp')
hold on
scatter(x(~select), bad_pts, 'rp')
hold off
grid
legend('Good Points', 'Bad Points')
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Star Strider
Star Strider on 12 Aug 2015
Edited: Star Strider on 12 Aug 2015
The image you linked to is a contour plot.
See the contour function (and its friends, including ‘Contour Properties’) for details.
Your data would have to be in a matrix for it to work as you want it.
For example:
M = zeros(10);
M(3:6, 3:6) = 1;
figure(1)
contourf(M) % Filled Contour Plot
figure(2)
contourf(M, 1) % Filled Contour Plot Specified With One Contour
EDIT — Added plot.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 11 Aug 2015
scatter() should still work. What did you do? You can pass in a list of colors for every point you know. You can also determine the sizes that way. Did you pass colors and sizes in to scatter(), or you just passed in x and y? You'd need to have an array with as many rows as you have data points, and three columns, with the values in the columns being in the range 0-1.
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Felix Lauwaert
Felix Lauwaert on 11 Aug 2015
Yes but I don't want a point plot, I want a surface plot...

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Bjorn Gustavsson
Bjorn Gustavsson on 11 Aug 2015
Well if you really want a surface-type plot look at trisurf and possibly TriScatteredInterp, if you prefer to first reinterpolate your goodness onto a regular grid.
HTH

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