help me please:

I don't understand why pgf show me this error, for all my dates:

Package PGF Math Error: Could not parse input '14.099117,3.068e+6,' as a floating point number, sorry. The unreadable part was near ',3.068e+6,'.. \addplot[color=black] file{dicloro.txt};

this is my archive:

\usepackage{pgfplots, pgfplotstable, pgf}
\pgfplotsset{/pgf/number format/use comma,compat=newest}

\title{PGF plots}
\author{Juliana Pérez}


    \begin{axis}[xlabel=p1, ylabel=p1t, tick style={draw=none}]
    \addplot[color=black] file{dicloro.txt};


1 Answer 1


I think pgfplots assumes that columns in data files are separated by a space by default, and you seem to have comma separated columns. Try using

\addplot[color=black] table[col sep=comma]{dicloro.txt};

instead of \addplot[color=black] file{dicloro.txt};.

This will by default use the first column for the x-values, and the second column for the y-values.

  • does not work, the same error appears Feb 9, 2021 at 22:10
  • @julianaperezordoñez Can you show a few lines of what your data file looks like? Edit your question to include it. Feb 9, 2021 at 22:12
  • look at this: prnt.sc/yw5e43 Feb 9, 2021 at 22:15
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    @julianaperezordoñez That is a different error. In the screenshot the error is that pgfplots cannot find the datafile, dicloro.txt. The error you mention in the question is that pgfplots tries to interpret 14.099117,3.068e+6, as a single number. Is dicloro.txt in the same folder as your .txt file? Feb 9, 2021 at 22:21
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    @Juliperezor, instead of/additionally to writing "thank you" in the comment, please consider upvoting (by clicking on the arrows next to the score) and/or marking it as the accepted answer (by clicking on the checkmark ✓). Jul 11, 2021 at 6:12

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