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Elegant box plot with a few customisation features


Updated 09 Jun 2015

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BOXPLOT(Y) plots a box for each of the columns in Y. Each box will be placed on integer positions along the x-axis, corresponding to the column number. The box indicates the 25th and 75th percentiles, a bar indicates the 50th percentile, and whiskers indicate the max and min datum. H = BOXPLOT(Y) returns one handle per box.

BOXPLOT(Y,'outlier') changes the plot such that the whiskers indicate the max and min datum still within 1.5 IQR (the height of the box). Data outside the whiskers are shown as dots. H = BOXPLOT(Y,'outlier') returns two handles per box (one for the box, one for the dots representing the outliers). The outlier handle can be 0 if there were no outliers to plot.

BOXPLOT(...,'boxwidth',W,'barlength',S) additionally sets the width of the box as a fraction of the distance between boxes, and the total length of the bar that represents the median. It is recommended that S>=W. By default, W=0.4 and S=0.5.

Cite As

Cris Luengo (2020). boxplot (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (2)

Tim Bower

Soleil Hernandez

how would you plot multiple box plots on the same figure?


Final attempt at fixing the description. Why do newlines disappear?

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MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2012a
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