Ploting graph with gnuplot: manually determine x axis

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Hi there,

It's the first time I am using gnuplot to plot a graph and I watched all sorts of tutorials and advices on google but I just can't find a good solution!

Let me try to explain what the problem is... The experiment: I have a microphone and a speaker in closed box. The speaker is fixed in one corner but the microphone is movable on the x axis (along the edge of the box - inside, of course). I get a .dat file with three columns. The first column is frequency which is constant at 304 Hz, the second and third column are both voltage, second is voltage amplitude and third average voltage (one measure is 3 s long). I have to "walk" the entire box, so the x goes from 0 cm to 50 cm (steps by 1 cm). (all measurements are thereby discrete).

Now how on earth can I convince gnuplot to plot me x axis with values from 0 to 50 and for y axis to call data from .dat file?

I hope my english isn't too bad. Thanks for your help!
 

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OR any other program if nobody is familiar with gnuplot...
 
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DrDu
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I would add the number of the observation as column 1 in your data file and then e.g.:
plot "yourdata.dat" using 1:3, "yourdata.dat" using 1:4

to plot the two voltages vs. observation number. I think there is also a way to count the lines. Usually,
the manual is a good source for these kind of questions:-)
 
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Even simpler: "0" seems to be the line number (look for "pseudocolumns" in the index). Hence you don't have to add the line number to your file:
plot "yourdata.dat" using 0:2, "yourdata.dat" using 0:3
or, even simpler
plot "yourdata.dat" using 2, "yourdata.dat" using 3
 
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Even simpler: "0" seems to be the line number (look for "pseudocolumns" in the index). Hence you don't have to add the line number to your file:
plot "yourdata.dat" using 0:2, "yourdata.dat" using 0:3
or, even simpler
plot "yourdata.dat" using 2, "yourdata.dat" using 3

Well that is absolutely PERFECT! As easy as that. :)

Thank you very much!
 

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