pcolor - how to smooth

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Yuji Zhang
Yuji Zhang on 30 Aug 2013
Answered: Usenobong Akpan on 15 Mar 2019
Hi everyone~
I'm plotting some contour map (x, y, z)
If I use Origin, it does some nice smoothing.
In Maltab, using
pcolor(x, y, z); shading interp;
It shows all the noise.
See the picture please.<https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fqdFfNo1k5E/UiDzBmXPjtI/AAAAAAAAAz0/iSuJktzidb8/w1044-h352-no/plot.png>
The 3rd plot is a comparison: when data's not noisy, Matlab produces a flat background part (the blue part) too.
I wonder if there's anyway I can get do the same as in Origin using Matlab. Or do I have to smooth the data myself?
Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks~

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Kelly Kearney
Kelly Kearney on 30 Aug 2013
Pretty sure it's just a colormap difference, with origin setting everything less than -90 to black. Try this:
pcolor(x,y,z);
shading interp;
set(gca, 'clim', [-90 -32]);
colormap([0 0 0; jet]);
colorbar;
You'll probably have to fiddle a bit more with the colormap and color limits to get the exact same thing, but that should be close.
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Yuji Zhang
Yuji Zhang on 30 Aug 2013
Hi Kelly~
Thanks for your help. The method to change the low-background color is helpful~
The graph I provided was misleading. My question was actually: the low signal part (black part in 2nd graph) has noise. In the 1st graph the noise is all shown. I don't want it to show.
See the comparison: the 3rd graph is where there's no noise, the blue part is flat.
Please see the updated picture. Thank you~

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 30 Aug 2013
Can you somehow get an image out of that? Because images are a lot easier to smoother than a list of random coordinates.
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 30 Aug 2013
Edited: Image Analyst on 30 Aug 2013
One way, though not necessarily the best way is to just use convolution to blur each color channel one at a time:
% Extract the individual red, green, and blue color channels.
redChannel = rgbImage(:, :, 1);
greenChannel = rgbImage(:, :, 2);
blueChannel = rgbImage(:, :, 3);
windowSize = 7;
kernel = ones(windowSize) / windowSize ^ 2;
% Blur the individual color channels.
smoothedPictureR = conv2(double(redChannel), kernel, 'same');
smoothedPictureG = conv2(double(greenChannel), kernel, 'same');
smoothedPictureB = conv2(double(blueChannel), kernel, 'same');
% Recombine separate color channels into a single, true color RGB image.
smoothrgbImage = uint8(cat(3, smoothedPictureR , smoothedPictureG, smoothedPictureB));
imshow(smoothrgbImage);

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Usenobong Akpan
Usenobong Akpan on 15 Mar 2019
Hi,
Please I am a new user of matlab. i need help on the matlab code that would make me plot a single 3 axes graph. I am comparing power (W) and temp (degree celsius) over same time interval. I can if there were of the same unit i.e. W and W over same time interval; but here I am having difficulty.
pls can anyone help out?

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