imagesc() Y Axis Log Scale Not Working (Help!)

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Yi on 17 Sep 2015
Commented: Peter Jack on 6 Dec 2018
I have a matrix (image_spectrogram) which representing a image.
Using the imagesc function, I can shown the image.
eg: imagesc(x,y,log10(image_spectrogram+1));
I am trying to set the y axis to log scale, so I typed:
However, it turns out that this is a fake log scale.
The YScale did turn into log scale, but the image is absolutely identical to the linear one.
Two images are attached as following.
How to get a real log scale (y axis) image, please help me! This is the linear image:
This is the Y axis log scale image:
They are same except the fake log scale Y axis.
My original code is :
cmap = colormap('gray');

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Mike Garrity
Mike Garrity on 17 Sep 2015
Edited: Mike Garrity on 17 Sep 2015
The way images work is that they only have coordinates for the corners. These get transformed and then the graphics hardware fills in the interior of the image using the texturemapping hardware. The texture lookup is linear (actually the ratio of two linear interpolations, but that doesn't matter here), so making one of the scales log has no effect on the interior of the image.
To get the interior of the image to transform non-linearly, you need coordinates for the interior vertices, rather than just colors. The pcolor command is the simplest way to do this:
h = pcolor(x,y,log10(image_spectrogram(1:floor(Fs/2),:)+1));
h.EdgeColor = 'none';
What pcolor is doing is actually creating a surface object and setting the view so that you're looking down from the top. It is important to note that the surface object is going to consume more memory than the image object would. That's because it actually has coordinates for all of the interior vertices.
Harley Day
Harley Day on 13 Nov 2017
Thank you so much! I've been poking around with imagsc() for ages not realising the axes log wasn't working. My code now works perfectly.

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Oliver Woodford
Oliver Woodford on 17 Sep 2015
If you want to avoid pcolor, you can resample the image at the log scale locations, then use imagesc to display that.
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Peter Jack
Peter Jack on 6 Dec 2018
can you tell me how we can do that i.e resample existing image cdata at log scale location?

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Constantino on 1 Nov 2018
I cannot get to implement correctly neither of the two solutions given here. I just wanted to make a quick image from a "rows x columns" matrix, where the Y axis must be plotted in log scale. I thought it would be simple, but it seems matlab has so much complexity that my approach is not working.
works fine. I can change the color scale, axes ranges, and everything through the menus from the created image. However, transforming the image so it displays a log Y axis does nothing to the image. Maybe I need another type of plot? I'm a complete newbe in matlab. Have worked with other languages but it seems matlab is not so easy as other programming environments.

Constantino on 2 Nov 2018
Ok, I solved my problem using contourf, which handles better my type of data


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