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Trace plot

Trace Plot is one of the charting options available in the Charts Panel. It is the default charting option for all data with a time component. It displays a measurements for selected objects over time. The measurement value is plotted on the y-axis and time on the x-axis. Trace Plot can display data from multiple objects simultaneously. The chart will autoscale to accommodate display of all selected data.

To display the Trace plot, open the Charts Panel and select the Trace plot option  from the Charts selection dropdown menu.

For detailed information about Trace Plot in general, please refer to the Wikipedia entry for Line Chart.

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General usage

Select measurements

As with all charts, to select a measurement, hover over the measurement name until it turns red and then click to bring up a menu of the available measurements. Only the y-axis measurement can be specified in this chart.

Select objects

Objects cannot be selected directly from this chart and instead must be selected by clicking on the desired object or objects on the image.

Change axis scale

To change the scale on any axis, click on the minimum or maximum value displayed and that value will appear in an editable window. Type in the value desired for the axis and hit Enter. Repeat this for other endpoint value as needed.

Navigate to a time point

You can click anywhere on the Trace plot itself to navigate directly to that specific time point. Hold down the left mouse button while dragging the cursor to play through the image sequence.

View measurement

User can view the selected measurement of the plotted object by hovering over the line graph. A tooltip will appear with information about the object and time.

Context menu options

You can bring up the context menu by right-clicking anywhere in the Charts Panel. The context menu is specific to the Trace plot and can be used to adjust chart display options.

NormalizeTakes the maximum value displayed and assign that the value of '1' and assign the minimum value displayed the value of zero. All other other values will be placed on this scale relative to these defined maximum and minimum values
Time display

Allows you to select an option for displaying how time (x-axis) is displayed in the Trace plot; there are five options:

  • None: labels x-axis by frame number
  • Calibrated: labels x-axis by calibrated units (Default)
  • Time stamped: labels x-axis with time stamps in the format specified in the Edit Time Labels option; this is only available when time-interval information is saved during image acquisition and is available from the image metadata
  • Share time stamps when missing: imposes the same time calibration on all object sets; enabling multiple object sets with different calibrations to be plotted simultaneously
  • Edit time labels: launches the Trace Plot Labels dialog which allows the user to edit the time labels associated with each chart with one of three formats: indexed, calibrated, and stamped

Secondary axis

Adds a second axis to the Trace Plot, which allows more than one measurement to be displayed on the Trace Plot

To select a measurement on the secondary axis, hover over the axis label and click to bring up the list of available measurements.

Secondary data style

Opens a sub-menu with options to select the line style for the data associated with the secondary axis; there are five options

  • Same as primary uses the same line style as the primary axis
  • Dashed uses dashed lines (- -) for secondary axis traces (Default)
  • Dotted uses dotted lines (. .) for secondary axis traces
  • Darker uses a solid line with darker colors for secondary axis traces
  • Lighter uses a solid line with lighter colors for secondary axis traces
Trace plot color options

Lets you select how to color the objects in the Trace Plot; there are four options:

  • Color by measure labels line colors by measurement plotted and can be useful when secondary axis is enabled
  • Color by object labels line colors the same color as the selected object (Default)
  • All different colors assigns a random color to each displayed line, regardless of object reference or measurements selected
  • All same colors assigns the same color to all displayed lines, regardless of object reference or measurements selected