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# Two y axes in subplot

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Milan Matah on 16 Nov 2012
Hi all,
I am trying to get a second y axis into an subplot.
figure
handle1 = subplot(3,3,1)
handle2 = axes('YAxisLocation','right','Color','none', ...
'XGrid','off','YGrid','off','Box','off');
This creates an additional axis object on the edge of the whole figure and not on the edge of the subplot. Setting the parent property of axes to handle1 is not possible. Calling axes(handle1) does not help. plotyy() works but has a strange behavior in a certain way. Therefore I want to use a own axis. I have not figured out what plotyy does to solve this problem.
Do you have an idea?
Thanx, Milan
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### Accepted Answer

Matt Fig on 16 Nov 2012
Edited: Matt Fig on 16 Nov 2012
You can use SUBPLOT to set the location for your PLOTYY call.
% Data to plot.
x = 0:0.01:20;
y1 = 200*exp(-0.05*x).*sin(x);
y2 = 0.8*exp(-0.5*x).*sin(10*x);
% Let's set up our subplot by relying on SUBPLOT
figure
AX = subplot(2,1,1); % Auto-fitted to the figure.
P = get(AX,'pos'); % Get the position.
delete(AX) % Delete the subplot axes
[AX,H1,H2] = plotyy(x,y1,x,y2,'plot');
set(AX,'pos',P) % Recover the position.
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rfigueiredo on 5 Jun 2015
Hi! I was having the same problem but with this previous answer I couldn't resolve it because a blue line appears in the middle of the plot and I don't how to remove it. Another error that comes across is that the legend for the two plotted graphics is blue for both, when it should be red and blue. I think the main problem is in the appearance of the straight line in the middle of the graphic(this line seems to begin in the origin of the plot and end in the coordinate that represents the final point of both the x and y limit). Does anyone knows how to resolve this problem? Thank you in advance! Raquel

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Valentino on 14 Jul 2016
yyaxis(ax(1),'left')
plot(ax(1),x1,y1,'Color', Color_left)
set(ax(1),'ylim', [0,300])
set(ax(1),'YColor',Color_left);
ylabel(ax(1),('Label left '}))
yyaxis(ax(1),'right')
plot(ax(1),x2,y2,'Color', Color_right)
set(ax(1),'ylim', [-10,15])
set(ax(1),'YColor',Color_right);
ylabel(ax(1),({'Label right'}))
As yyaxis is new introduced in 2016a i figured this might help somebody.
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Nachiket Wadwankar on 19 Oct 2018
Thanks for this solution. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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Ghulam Murtaza on 7 May 2014
Hi Matt,
I want to use two separate y axis in a subplot. However, another thing is that my plot types for both is different as well.
One is a scatter plot with first y axis and second is stairs plot with the second y axis. Could you kindly help me with that.
Thanks in advance, Ghulam
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