I am a very beginner of Tikz/pgf. I have searched quite long but didn't found the answer. How could I plot from an external txt or dat file that with one X value and several Y values? For example, the external txt file could be like this,

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Many thanks!


It is easy using y index with pgfplots.

x y1 y2 y3 y4
0   3   4  13   14
1   5   6  15   16
2   2   3  12   13
3   4   8  14   18
4   6   9  26   19
5   8   1  18   11
6   10  2  12  12
\addplot table [x index=0, y index=1]{\mytable};
\addplot table [x index=0, y index=2]{\mytable};
\addplot table [x index=0, y index=3]{\mytable};
\addplot table [x index=0, y index=4]{\mytable};

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If you have valid column names you can simply use

\addplot table [y=y1]{\mytable};
\addplot table [y=y2]{\mytable};
\addplot table [y=y3]{\mytable};
\addplot table [y=y4]{\mytable};
  • Why y index? Columns have pretty legal names. – percusse Jan 27 '15 at 0:41
  • @percusse Just to be more general!.. – user11232 Jan 27 '15 at 0:42
  • @percusse OK, I edited. – user11232 Jan 27 '15 at 0:56
  • @HarishKumar thank you so much! Another question is how can I read the external txt file. I would like to draw directly from the txt file not to copy them to tex editor. – iori266 Jan 28 '15 at 6:47
  • @iori266 Hi. Glad it was useful. Please remember that you can upvote and accept the answers. For any clarifications, please refer: How do you accept an answer – user11232 Jan 28 '15 at 6:50

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