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GCA CurrentPoint with the DateTime Ticks on the X Axis

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abhay  kaul
abhay kaul on 29 Nov 2017
Commented: Adam Danz on 19 Nov 2020
I am making a plot where the data is plotted vs Time (HH:MM:SS, for example). I want to be able to click on the plot and display the value of Y. I don't want to use the Data Cursor. I have in the past used the CurrentPoint property of the axes.
This usually returns the actual X and Y values from a mouse click but with the datetime ticks it does not return the actual X. I have tried searching the documentation but I am failing to find what it is outputting. I would like current point to output the value of X in datetime format.
Any ideas?
Thanks
Abhay

Accepted Answer

Benjamin Kraus
Benjamin Kraus on 19 Apr 2018

Because the CurrentPoint property stores x, y, and z all together in a single matrix, the CurrentPoint cannot reflect the mixed datetime, duration, and numeric data that may be present in the plot. Therefore, CurrentPoint always stores the numeric equivalent.

As Sebastian pointed out, you need to convert from numeric to datetime, but there is actually an easier (and documented) way to do this conversion: num2ruler (and the corresponding ruler2num).

ax(1) = subplot(121); 
DT = datetime(2001:2010, 1:10,1);
plot(DT, rand(length(DT),1)); grid on
ax(2) = subplot(122); grid on
DT = datetime(2018,2,3,4,5,12:.2:15);
plot(DT, rand(length(DT),1)); grid on
set(ax(1),'ButtonDownFcn',@(hax,e) disp(num2ruler(hax.CurrentPoint(1),hax.XAxis)))
set(ax(2),'ButtonDownFcn',@(hax,e) disp(num2ruler(hax.CurrentPoint(1),hax.XAxis)))
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Sebastian Hölz
Sebastian Hölz on 28 Feb 2018
Hi,
all data is plotted with respect to a reference date, which is stored as property of the axis.
To get the true datetime value, you will need to add this reference-value, e.g.:
figure
ax(1) = subplot(121);
DT = datetime(2001:2010, 1:10,1);
plot(DT, rand(length(DT),1)); grid on
ax(2) = subplot(122); grid on
DT = datetime(2018,2,3,4,5,12:.2:15);
plot(DT, rand(length(DT),1)); grid on
set(ax(1), 'ButtonDownFcn',@(hax,e)disp(hax.XAxis.ReferenceDate + hax.CurrentPoint(1)))
set(ax(2), 'ButtonDownFcn',@(hax,e)disp(second(hax.XAxis.ReferenceDate + hax.CurrentPoint(1))))
Cheers
Sebastian

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