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How to make thick line error bar for plot

  1. Apr 1, 2016 #1
    Disclaimer: I'm not exactly sure that this topic would belong in this thread but I don't think it would fit better anywhere else.

    I'm working on writing a paper for my grad research project and my PI wants me to model the plots after another paper that our lab published in the past, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how they got such nice looking error bars in their paper.

    Here's a link to the pdf for that paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1308/1308.3039.pdf
    The plot I'm referring to with the nice error bars is Figure 4 on page 15. The error bars are shown as a thick transparent line behind each curve. I was trying to see if excel has any way of doing something like that, which would be most convenient because I already have all of my data in an excel file, and it's a crapload of data. I get the feeling though, that they may have done it in Matlab, but if they did I would have no idea how to do that. I'm not much of a Matlab wiz to be honest.

    If anybody has any ideas that would be really helpful! Thanks
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  3. Apr 1, 2016 #2


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    The error bars on Excel do not look like the error bars the the paper you linked to, but this is how you can do it:

    click chart >> chart tools >> design >> add chart element >> error bars

    Under "more bar options" you can make it look the way you want.
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