# Help with Plotting Logscale?

I'm trying to plot the time complexity of some sorting algorithms using a log scale. I'm fetching the data from a text file insertion.dat which contains the following information:

x y
0 0
10 0.002
100 0.019
1000 1.636
5000 42.735
10000 167.950


and I'm using the following code to try implement it:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
width=15cm,
height=7cm,
axis x line=center,
axis y line=center,
ytick={0,10,100,1000},
xtick={0,10, 1000, 5000,10000},
ymode=log, xmode=log,
xlabel={\texttt{L}},
ylabel={Time (ms)},
xlabel style={right},
ylabel style={above},
xmin=0,
xmax=15000,
ymin=0,
ymax=2000]
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


But the result I get is: What's up with the axes? How can I fix this?

• 0,0 is a bit outside the range of a logscale plot... ;-) – Rmano Feb 4 '16 at 19:32
• @Rmano Oh yeah, of course! But when I set xmin and ymin equal to 10 and remove (0,0) I still get the space between the axes. – Luke Collins Feb 4 '16 at 19:34
• The axis [xy] line probably get confused by the log scale. Why don't you use \begin{logaxis} to start with? – Rmano Feb 4 '16 at 19:37
• I played around with it and I managed to smarten it up. All I need to do is to position the x-axis more to the left so that it touches the y-axis line. Do you know how I can achieve this? – Luke Collins Feb 4 '16 at 19:40

The main mistake is that you use axis y line=center which implies that the axis should go through 0, or in the case of a log axis through 1. When you change this to axis y line=left and at least the xmin value, you should get the desired result. But then the ylabel is positioned left in the middle (again). This can be modified using the ylabel style key.

\begin{filecontents}{insertion.dat}
x y
10 0.002
100 0.019
1000 1.636
5000 42.735
10000 167.950
\end{filecontents}
\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.13}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
xmode=log,
ymode=log,
%
width=15cm,
height=7cm,
axis x line=center,
axis y line=left,   % <-- center' confuses PGFPlots on a log axis
xmin=5,
xmax=15000,
ymin=1e-3,
ymax=2000,
xlabel={\texttt{L}},
ylabel={Time (ms)},
xlabel style={right},
ylabel style={
at={(rel axis cs:0,1)},
rotate=-90,
anchor=south,
},
]
` 