I'm interested in creating a Shmoo-plot using LaTeX. I have looked through the PGFplot-examples but couldn't find any that looked suitable as a starting template. Google produces nothing as well, and I don't wish to abuse Excel for obvious non-pretty reasons (although it is very easy for this kind of plot).

If a Shmoo-plot is unfamiliar to you, it is a two dimensional (presented as such at least) discrete plot looking something like this:

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What I want to produce like the image above, although without the pass/fail text. Do you have any suggestions on how I should approach the problem? Sorry if this is a very simple question, I am a beginner in PGFplots and might have missed an easy solution.

edit: this is a more accurate image of what I'm trying to reproduce. This is almost exactly the style I'm looking for.

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the input data formatting can be changed to fit any solution, so it is not considered a problem. For example, it can be (x, y, p/f) such as a simple four point set:

(1, 10, 1) (1, 11, 0) (2, 10, 1) (2, 11, 0)

  • This could be something that can be easily coded for TikZ direct (e.g. a \matrix) or even a simple tabular. Especially if the x and y values are discrete like that. How does the input look like? Jul 2, 2013 at 0:43
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format Jul 2, 2013 at 0:54
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    After reconsidering this might be something for the mesh or the surf plot, though it seems the colors of the z values are assigned to an area between coordinates and not an area around coordinates. Jul 2, 2013 at 2:58
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    This could be a duplicate of tex.stackexchange.com/questions/73640/… Jul 2, 2013 at 18:20
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    This could also be a duplicate of this question. Jul 17, 2013 at 13:01

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Finally got a result I was satisfied with, and I'm answering this to help any other poor EE-engineer if they get stuck with the same thing. This is a simple solution compared to the ones discussed in the comments.

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\usepackage{pgfplots, amsmath}
\pgfplotsset{major grid style={color=black}, minor grid style={color=black}}
\pgfplotsset{every  tick/.style={black,}}

 axis on top,
 tick align=outside,
 minor xtick={7.5,12.5,...,55},
 minor ytick={0.1,0.2,...,2.4},
 axis background/.style={fill=green!30},
 xlabel=Frequency (MHz),
 ylabel=V$_{\text{DD}}$ (V)]
[const plot mark mid,fill=red!30] 


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