Set Nonuniform Tick Locations

Up to this point, this example has shown you how to construct uniformly spaced tick marks at locations of your choosing. You can also draw tick marks that are not uniformly spaced by using the SetAxisTicks method of the Plot class. This method can also be used to display labels for ticks that are different from the numerical values of the ticks. For example, you might decide that you want the tick marks on the vertical axis to show the categories of the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale (Table 9.1).

Table 9.1: The Saffir-Simpson Intensity Scale


Wind Speed (knots)

Tropical depression (TD)


Tropical storm (TS)


Category 1 hurricane (Cat1)


Category 2 hurricane (Cat2)

83 –96

Category 3 hurricane (Cat3)

96 –114

Category 4 hurricane (Cat4)

114 –135

Category 5 hurricane (Cat5)

greater than 135

Add the following statements at the bottom of the program window, and select ProgramRun from the main menu. Figure 9.4 shows the tick locations and labels for the vertical axis.

   plot.SetAxisLabel( YAXIS, "Intensity" ); 
   StormTicks  = {22 34 64 83 96 114 135}; 
   StormLabels = {'TD' 'TS' 'Cat1' 'Cat2' 'Cat3' 'Cat4' 'Cat5'}; 
   plot.SetAxisTicks( YAXIS, StormTicks, StormLabels ); 
   plot.ShowAxisReferenceLines( YAXIS ); 

Figure 9.4: Vertical Axis with Custom Ticks