Provided by: stilts_3.1.5-1_all
stilts-plothist - Old-style Histogram
stilts plothist [xpix=<int-value>] [ypix=<int-value>] [font=dialog|serif|...] [fontsize=<int-value>] [fontstyle=plain|bold|italic|bold-italic] [legend=true|false] [title=<value>] [omode=swing|out|cgi|discard|auto] [out=<out-file>] [ofmt=png|png-transp|gif|jpeg|pdf|eps|eps-gzip] [inN=<table>] [ifmtN=<in-format>] [istreamN=true|false] [cmdN=<cmds>] [xdataN=<expr>] [xlo=<float-value>] [xhi=<float-value>] [xlog=true|false] [xflip=true|false] [xlabel=<value>] [subsetNS=<expr>] [nameNS=<value>] [colourNS=<rrggbb>|red|blue|...] [barstyleNS=fill|open|...] [linewidthNS=<int-value>] [dashNS=dot|dash|...|<a,b,...>] [grid=true|false] [antialias=true|false] [sequence=<suffix>,<suffix>,...] [ylo=<float-value>] [yhi=<float-value>] [ylog=true|false] [ylabel=<value>] [weightN=<value>] [binwidth=<float-value>] [norm=true|false] [cumulative=true|false] [binbase=<float-value>]
This section describes a deprecated command. It still works, but you are advised to use the more capable plot2plane instead. plothist performs histogram plots, sending the output to a graphical display or writing it to a file in some vector or bitmapped graphics format. You need to supply it with values for one or more sets of X values, in terms of table columns, and it will bin the data and draw bars appropriately. Plot bounds, bin widths etc may be supplied expliicitly, but will be calculated from the data and set from defaults as appropriate otherwise. There are many options available to configure the detailed appearance of the plot, but in its simplest form invocation is quite straightforward. See SUN/256 for more discussion on use of the plotting commands.
xpix=<int-value> The width of the output graphic in pixels. ypix=<int-value> The height of the output graphic in pixels. font=dialog|serif|... Determines the font that will be used for textual annotation of the plot, including axes etc. At least the following fonts will be available: * serif * sansserif * monospaced * dialog * dialoginput as well as a range of system-dependent fonts, possibly including * dejavu_sans * dejavu_sans_mono * dejavu_serif fontsize=<int-value> Sets the font size used for plot annotations. fontstyle=plain|bold|italic|bold-italic Gives a style in which the font is to be applied for plot annotations. Options are plain, bold, italic and bold-italic. legend=true|false Determines whether a legend showing which plotting style is used for each data set. Defaults to true if there is more than one set, false otherwise. title=<value> A one-line title to display at the top of the plot. omode=swing|out|cgi|discard|auto Determines how the drawn plot will be output, see SUN/256. * swing: Plot will be displayed in a window on the screen. This plot is "live"; it can be resized and (except for old-style plots) navigated around with mouse actions in the same way as plots in TOPCAT. * out: Plot will be written to a file given by out using the graphics format given by ofmt. * cgi: Plot will be written in a way suitable for CGI use direct from a web server. The output is in the graphics format given by ofmt, preceded by a suitable "Content-type" declaration. * discard: Plot is drawn, but discarded. There is no output. * auto: Behaves as swing or out mode depending on presence of out parameter out=<out-file> The location of the output file. This is usually a filename to write to. If it is equal to the special value "-" the output will be written to standard output. ofmt=png|png-transp|gif|jpeg|pdf|eps|eps-gzip Graphics format in which the plot is written to the output file, see SUN/256. One of: * png: PNG * png-transp: PNG with transparent background * gif: GIF * jpeg: JPEG * pdf: Portable Document Format * eps: Encapsulated PostScript * eps-gzip: Gzipped Encapsulated PostScript May default to a sensible value depending on the filename given by out. inN=<table> The location of the input table. This may take one of the following forms: * A filename. * A URL. * The special value "-", meaning standard input. In this case the input format must be given explicitly using the ifmtN parameter. Note that not all formats can be streamed in this way. * A system command line with either a "<" character at the start, or a "|" character at the end ("<syscmd" or "syscmd|"). This executes the given pipeline and reads from its standard output. This will probably only work on unix-like systems. In any case, compressed data in one of the supported compression formats (gzip, Unix compress or bzip2) will be decompressed transparently. ifmtN=<in-format> Specifies the format of the input table as specified by parameter inN. The known formats are listed in SUN/256. This flag can be used if you know what format your table is in. If it has the special value (auto) (the default), then an attempt will be made to detect the format of the table automatically. This cannot always be done correctly however, in which case the program will exit with an error explaining which formats were attempted. istreamN=true|false If set true, the input table specified by the inN parameter will be read as a stream. It is necessary to give the ifmtN parameter in this case. Depending on the required operations and processing mode, this may cause the read to fail (sometimes it is necessary to read the table more than once). It is not normally necessary to set this flag; in most cases the data will be streamed automatically if that is the best thing to do. However it can sometimes result in less resource usage when processing large files in certain formats (such as VOTable). cmdN=<cmds> Specifies processing to be performed on the table. The value of this parameter is one or more of the filter commands described in SUN/256. If more than one is given, they must be separated by semicolon characters (";"). This parameter can be repeated multiple times on the same command line to build up a list of processing steps. The sequence of commands given in this way defines the processing pipeline which is performed on the table. Commands may alteratively be supplied in an external file, by using the indirection character '@'. Thus a value of "@filename" causes the file filename to be read for a list of filter commands to execute. The commands in the file may be separated by newline characters and/or semicolons, and lines which are blank or which start with a '#' character are ignored. xdataN=<expr> Gives a column name or expression for the x axis data for table N. The expression is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in SUN/256 xlo=<float-value> The lower limit for the plotted x axis. If not set, a value will be chosen which is low enough to accommodate all the data. xhi=<float-value> The upper limit for the plotted x axis. If not set, a value will be chosen which is high enough to accommodate all the data. xlog=true|false If false (the default), the scale on the x axis is linear; if true it is logarithmic. xflip=true|false If set true, the scale on the x axis will increase in the opposite sense from usual (e.g. right to left rather than left to right). xlabel=<value> Specifies a label to be used for annotating axis x. A default values based on the plotted data will be used if no value is supplied for this parameter. subsetNS=<expr> Gives the selection criterion for the subset labelled "NS". This is a boolean expression which may be the name of a boolean-valued column or any other boolean- valued expression. Rows for which the expression evaluates true will be included in the subset, and those for which it evaluates false will not. nameNS=<value> Provides a name to use for a subset with the symbolic label NS. This name will be used for display in the legend, if one is displayed. colourNS=<rrggbb>|red|blue|... Defines the colour of bars plotted for data set NS. The value may be a 6-digit hexadecimal number giving red, green and blue intensities, e.g. "ff00ff" for magenta. Alternatively it may be the name of one of the pre-defined colours. These are currently red, blue, green, grey, magenta, cyan, orange, pink, yellow, black and white. For most purposes, either the American or the British spelling is accepted for this parameter name. barstyleNS=fill|open|... Defines how histogram bars will be drawn for dataset NS. The options are: * fill * open * tops * semi * semitops * spikes * fillover * openover linewidthNS=<int-value> Defines the line width for lines drawn as part of the bars for dataset NS. Only certain bar styles are affected by the line width. dashNS=dot|dash|...|<a,b,...> Defines the dashing pattern for lines drawn for dataset NS. To generate a dashed line the value may be one of the named dash types: * dot * dash * longdash * dotdash or may be a comma-separated string of on/off length values such as "4,2,8,2". A null value indicates a solid line. Only certain bar styles are affected by the dash pattern. grid=true|false If true, grid lines are drawn on the plot. If false, they are absent. antialias=true|false Controls whether lines are drawn using antialiasing, where applicable. If lines are drawn to a bitmapped-type graphics output format setting this parameter to true smooths the lines out by using gradations of colour for diagonal lines, and setting it false simply sets each pixel in the line to on or off. For vector-type graphics output formats, or for cases in which no diagonal lines are drawn, the setting of this parameter has no effect. Setting it true may slow the plot down slightly. sequence=<suffix>,<suffix>,... Can be used to control the sequence in which different datasets and subsets are plotted. This will affect which symbols are plotted on top of, and so potentially obscure, which other ones. The value of this parameter is a comma-separated list of the "NS" suffixes which appear on the parameters which apply to subsets. The sets which are named will be plotted in order, so the first-named one will be at the bottom (most likely to be obscured). Note that if this parameter is supplied, then only those sets which are named will be plotted, so this parameter may also be used to restrict which plots appear (though it may not be the most efficient way of doing this). If no explicit value is supplied for this parameter, sets will be plotted in some sequence decided by STILTS (probably alphabetic by suffix). ylo=<float-value> Lower bound for Y axis. yhi=<float-value> Upper bound for Y axis. Autogenerated from the data if not supplied. ylog=true|false Whether to use a logarithmic scale for the Y axis. ylabel=<value> Specifies a label for annotating the vertical axis. A default value based on the type of histogram will be used if no value is supplied for this parameter. weightN=<value> Defines a weighting for each point accumulated to determine the height of plotted bars. If this parameter has a value other than 1 (the default) then instead of simply accumulating the number of points per bin to determine bar height, the bar height will be the sum over the weighting expression for the points in each bin. Note that with weighting, the figure drawn is no longer strictly speaking a histogram. When weighted, bars can be of negative height. An anomaly of the plot as currently implemented is that the Y axis never descends below zero, so any such bars are currently invisible. This may be amended in a future release (contact the author to lobby for such an amendment). binwidth=<float-value> Defines the width on the X axis of histogram bins. If the X axis is logarithmic, then this is a multiplicative value. norm=true|false Determines whether bin counts are normalised. If true, histogram bars are scaled such that summed height of all bars over the whole dataset is equal to one. Otherwise (the default), no scaling is done. cumulative=true|false Determines whether historams are cumulative. When false (the default), the height of each bar is determined by counting the number of points which fall into the range on the X axis that it covers. When true, the height is determined by counting all the points between negative infinity and the upper bound of the range on the X axis that it covers. binbase=<float-value> Adjusts the offset of the bins. By default zero (or one for logarithmic X axis) is a boundary between bins; other boundaries are defined by this and the bin width. If this value is adjusted, the lower bound of one of the bins will be set to this value, so all the bins move along by the corresponding distance.
stilts(1) If the package stilts-doc is installed, the full documentation SUN/256 is available in HTML format: file:///usr/share/doc/stilts-doc/sun256/index.html
STILTS version 3.1-5-debian This is the Debian version of Stilts, which lack the support of some file formats and network protocols. For differences see file:///usr/share/doc/stilts/README.Debian
Mark Taylor (Bristol University) Mar 2017 STILTS-PLOTHIST(1)