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contourfcmap: filled contour plot with precise colormap

  • contourcs(varargin)
    CONTOURCS Wrapper to CONTOURS to Obtain Structure Output
  • contourfcmap(x,y,z,clev,c...
    CONTOURFCMAP Filled contour plot with specified colors
  • multiplepolyint(x, y)
    MULTIPLEPOLYINT Multiple polygon intersection
  • parsepv(Param, pvpairs, v...
    PARSEPV Parses parameter/value pairs
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contourfcmap: filled contour plot with precise colormap



06 Dec 2010 (Updated )

Creates a filled contour plot, with more precise control over colors than contourf.

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Create a filled contour plot in Matlab, with better color-to-value clarity. See full description, along with examples, at

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.10 (R2010a)
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02 Aug 2014 Kelly Kearney


Your x, y, and z data need to formatted in the same way as for the native contourf function, so you'll need to grid your data (not knowing the arrangement of the points in your vectors, I don't know whether you'd have to simply reshape, regrid, or use a scattered interpolant). Type help contourfcmap to see an example of use.

30 Jul 2014 CARLA QUISPE

hello ,
I have a matriz of 3 colums (x,y,z), how I should use the code to run the program. what of the three files I must to run firts
thanks a lot!

04 Mar 2013 Jan

Superb function, thanks.

15 Jan 2013 Franzi

exactly what I needed

30 Nov 2012 peter

great submission, thanks a lot

26 Jun 2012 Kelly Kearney

@Earle Wilson,

Both saturated low and high values should be colored by the colors defined by the 'lo' and 'hi' inputs, respectively; by default these are white, but you can set them to be the same as the first and last cmap values if you want a saturated effect. If you see a different result please send me an example and I'll look into it.

10 May 2012 Earle Wilson

great function! This saved me many hours of working around all the bugs in contourf.

The only (minor) short coming is that this function doesn't deal with saturated low values. Eg. if you enter:
and there are values in z < min(clev), they will be plotted as white spaces. This is an issue with contourf really, which I won't get into here. An easy fix is set all values in z outside the clev limits to min(clev) or max(clev). Eg.
toohigh = z>max(clev); z(toohigh) = max(clev);
loolow = z<min(clev); z(toolow) = min(clev);

19 Oct 2011 Kelly Kearney

Added minmax subfunction into main code (overlooked this dependency on a simple helper function in previous upload). Thanks, Karin and Aurelien, for pointing out that mistake.

18 Oct 2011 Aurelien Queffurust

I wanted to test your code but:
the minmax function which is required by your code is not shipped .

Another remark:
You have forgotten a bracket in the given example in the header of M-file:
[x,y] = meshgrid(linspace(0,1,100)
should be:
[x,y] = meshgrid(linspace(0,1,100))

Now waiting for minmax.m before rating.



09 May 2011 Tjaart de Wit

Great function! Thanks

07 Dec 2010

minor grammatical fix in description

19 Oct 2011

Fixed accidental omission of helper function in colorbar generation (minmax). Also corrected minor typo in example and added more informative example image.

30 Nov 2012

Fixed bug where new colorbar stole focus from axis.

23 Jul 2014

-Rewritten for R2014b, no longer relies on contourf object
-Added option to display all color levels evenly on the colorbar, regardless of value

03 Oct 2014

Corrected a bug in polygon generation where corner points of patches were out of order.

15 Dec 2014

Linked to GitHub repository

19 Dec 2014

Small update to description, pointing reader to github for readme.

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