# hold data from a regular plot to a semilog plot

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j dr il 15 Mar 2011
I hope this one is easy: Imagine I already have figure 100 in a plot containing data, and I want to add more curves while making the plot in a semilogy scale. let's say the data I have can be produced by: figure(100) plot([0,1,2],[900,1200,1000]) (and we can't change that)
I am now using hold on semilogy(0,1000) hold off but the plot remains normal (due to hold on I'm assuming)
in order to have my complete set of data as it would be traced by figure(100) semilogy([0,0,1,2],[1000,900,1200,1000])
I tried using reset, plotnow but I can't seem to access the axes handle's properties in order to make them semilog.
Thank you, N.
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Matt Fig il 15 Mar 2011
It is not clear to me whether you want to have two different curves, one in linear scale and the other in logarithmic scale or whether you want to change one existing plot to have the y-axis be log scale. If the latter, you can do:
set(gca,'yscale','log')
If the former, look at the PLOTYY function.
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j dr il 16 Mar 2011
Exactly the former.
I tried using gca, and then trying get on the value 170.0012 but get couldn't recognize the handle...
If I use get(gca) then it works... do you know why that is ? If I knew that I could have figured that out myself, but thanks a lot for being very insightful !
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Walter Roberson il 16 Mar 2011
Handles are 64 bit floating point quantities, the full extent of which is not shown with any of the "format" choices except for "format hex".
Matt Fig il 16 Mar 2011
The handle is a double number. You only pasted the first 4 decimals, which is not enough, in fact you may not be able to copy and paste even if you set the format to long g. That is why we store handles in variable, like:
ax_handle = gca;

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