Click the Home | New Graph | Line/Scatter | Step Plot command to create a step plot. Step plots are very similar to line/scatter plots. In line/scatter plots, the connecting line is drawn directly between adjacent points using the shortest path. In a step plot, the connecting lines are always drawn parallel or perpendicular to the axes.
Click the Step Plot button to create the step plot.
|Step plots draw data connecting
lines as parallel or perpendicular
to an axis.
To understand how this line is created, imagine drawing a horizontal line through each data point, then go back and draw a vertical line through each data point. The intersecting lines would form the step plot. Of course, you could also start by drawing the vertical lines first, which creates a different step path. Grapher makes it easy to create plots with either horizontal or vertical step lines.
Creating a New Step Plot
To create a step plot:
- Select Graphs | Create | Basic | Step Plot command.
- Select a data file in the Open Worksheet dialog. You can select a new data file or you can select an open data file in the Open worksheets section.
- Click the Open button. A step plot is created using the default properties.
Editing Step Plot Properties
Click the following tabs in the Property Manager to change different properties: