# How to manipulate Plot Legend to show markers and colours seperatly?

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Jakob on 25 Sep 2012
Hi there everyone!
I want to display the results of a numerical computation in which I varyed two discretisation parameters.
Now I want to show in which way any parameter effects the results. By using the same color I want to show the lines representing calculations with the same number of discrete elements. And by using the same marker I want to show the lines that represent calculations with the same number of time steps.
I got as far as changing the colors and markers in the plot itself goes, but now I need a legend that clearly displays the correlations of color and marker. My legend contains one entry for every line which is not useful. I want a legend that first shows:
- this color means that many elements
- this marker means that many time steps.
Is it possible to tweak the legend like that?
Your help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you,
-Jakob.
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Dr. Seis on 25 Sep 2012
Edited: Dr. Seis on 25 Sep 2012
It can be done... you will have to do some finagling, but it can be done. Here is an example where we have 2 different datasets representing 2 different "elements" and each dataset has 3 different sets of data representing 3 different "time steps":
% Generate random data
sample_points = 0:0.1:10;
calc_data_1 = sin(2*pi*[sample_points;sample_points;sample_points]) + ...
0.1*randn(3,101);
calc_data_2 = cos(2*pi*[sample_points;sample_points;sample_points]) + ...
0.1*randn(3,101);
% Generate dummy info for plot handles "h"
h = zeros(5,1);
h(1) = plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(1,:),'r-'); hold on;
h(2) = plot(sample_points,calc_data_2(1,:),'b-');
h(3) = plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(1,:),'ks');
h(4) = plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(2,:),'kd');
h(5) = plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(3,:),'ko');
% Plot things the right way
plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(1,:),'rs-');
plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(2,:),'rd-');
plot(sample_points,calc_data_1(3,:),'ro-');
plot(sample_points,calc_data_2(1,:),'bs-');
plot(sample_points,calc_data_2(2,:),'bd-');
plot(sample_points,calc_data_2(3,:),'bo-'); hold off;
% Define legend according to handles "h"
legend(h,'M elements used','N elements used','P time steps','Q time steps','R time steps')
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Mohammad Saiful Islam on 27 Sep 2016
Thanks for your code. But i am facing some problem during plot. Mathworks shows me the line 22 have some error. They shows the following message: Error using line There is no Line property on the Line class.
Error in diff_color_legend_2 (line 22) l1(i, j) = line(w, z, 'Color', colors(i, :), 'Marker', marks{j}, 'Line', 'none'); How can I solve this problem?

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