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Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

Hi,

I'm working at a solar energy company and we often need to browse and inspect time-series of meteorological and electrical power data (see example plot below).

It would be useful if I could have several overlay plots (e.g. one with irradiance over time, one with temperature over time, one with electrical power over time) on one page and have the x-axes (always time in this case) linked, so if I zoom into e.g. one hour in one overlay plot, the others are automatically zoomed to the same time window.

Here you can see how typical plots look like - I would like to establish the same plot within JMP.

Thanks for any hint!

Tobias

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pmroz

Super User

Joined:

Jun 23, 2011

Solution

Re: Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

Can be done in Graph Builder.  Your data needs to be "stacked", with one column for date (x axis), one column identifying the Y variable (e.g. wind velocity, ambient temperature, etc.), and one column with Y values.

Here's an example done in JSL, that starts with unstacked data, stacks it, and then plots it.

dt1 = New Table( "Unstacked", Add Rows( 5 ),

    New Column( "Date", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "m/d/y", 10 ),

        Input Format( "m/d/y" ),

        Set Values( [3502915200, 3505593600, 3508012800, 3510691200, 3513283200] ) ),

    New Column( "Wind", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [10, 20, 30, 20, 10] ) ),

    New Column( "Temperature", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [100, 20, 150, 175, 180] ) ),

    New Column( "Power", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [50, 51, 52, 53, 54] ) )

);

dt2 = Data Table( "Unstacked" ) << Stack(

    columns( :Wind, :Temperature, :Power ),

    Source Label Column( "Group" ),

    Stacked Data Column( "Y Values" ),

    Output Table( "Stacked" )

);

dt2 << Graph Builder(

    Show Control Panel( 0 ),

    Variables( X( :Date ), Y( :Y Values ), Group Y( :Group ), Color( :Group ) ),

    Elements(

        Line( X, Y, Legend( 3 ), Row order( 0 ), Summary Statistic( "Mean" ) )

    )

);

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pmroz

Super User

Joined:

Jun 23, 2011

Solution

Re: Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

Can be done in Graph Builder.  Your data needs to be "stacked", with one column for date (x axis), one column identifying the Y variable (e.g. wind velocity, ambient temperature, etc.), and one column with Y values.

Here's an example done in JSL, that starts with unstacked data, stacks it, and then plots it.

dt1 = New Table( "Unstacked", Add Rows( 5 ),

    New Column( "Date", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "m/d/y", 10 ),

        Input Format( "m/d/y" ),

        Set Values( [3502915200, 3505593600, 3508012800, 3510691200, 3513283200] ) ),

    New Column( "Wind", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [10, 20, 30, 20, 10] ) ),

    New Column( "Temperature", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [100, 20, 150, 175, 180] ) ),

    New Column( "Power", Numeric, Continuous, Format( "Best", 12 ),

        Set Values( [50, 51, 52, 53, 54] ) )

);

dt2 = Data Table( "Unstacked" ) << Stack(

    columns( :Wind, :Temperature, :Power ),

    Source Label Column( "Group" ),

    Stacked Data Column( "Y Values" ),

    Output Table( "Stacked" )

);

dt2 << Graph Builder(

    Show Control Panel( 0 ),

    Variables( X( :Date ), Y( :Y Values ), Group Y( :Group ), Color( :Group ) ),

    Elements(

        Line( X, Y, Legend( 3 ), Row order( 0 ), Summary Statistic( "Mean" ) )

    )

);

Dan_Obermiller

Joined:

Apr 3, 2013

Re: Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

I hadn't thought about scripting this. Another approach does not require the stacking. I built the graph interactively with Graph Builder by just dragging the various Y columns to the Y-axis, one below the other. I then switched to the lines rather than data points. Here is the resulting script using Peter's unstacked data table:

Graph Builder(

Size( 534, 452 ),

Show Control Panel( 0 ),

Variables( X( :Date ), Y( :Wind ), Y( :Temperature ), Y( :Power ) ),

Elements( Position( 1, 1 ), Line( X, Y, Legend( 39 ) ) ),

Elements( Position( 1, 2 ), Line( X, Y, Legend( 40 ) ) ),

Elements( Position( 1, 3 ), Line( X, Y, Legend( 41 ) ) )

);

Dan Obermiller
pmroz

Super User

Joined:

Jun 23, 2011

Re: Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

Thanks DanO.  I figured there was a way to do it using unstacked data but couldn't find the right "drop zone"!

Re: Create multiple overlay plots and link the x-axes for zooming?

Thanks to both of you for showing me two ways how to get there! (I had not noticed yet that one can drag multiple columns to the y axis, one below the other).