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Plot Value


Plots a one curve over time from a controller dimension's value.

(plot-value ... )

Syntax and Default Values

The (plot-value) function can be created using the following Lisp syntax:

(plot-value plot_reference label controller_reference dimension)


The (plot-value) function takes three or four arguments:

  • plot_reference: reference to a plot created with (make-plot)
  • label: a string (in quotes) that will be used as a label for the graph of this data
  • controller_reference: a controller whose data will be plotted.
  • dimension: (optional) dimension of the controller which will be plotted (defaults to 0)

You obviously do not need to provide a dimension for one-dimensional controllers. Dimensions are numbered starting from 0.


For each curve you want plotted, you call the plot-value command before running the synthesis. The first argument is a reference to a graph created with (make-plot). The second argument is a string which will be the label for that curve. The third argument is a reference to a controller whose data will be graphed. The fourth argument is optional, and can be used to specify a dimension other than the first for multi-dimensional controllers. Here is a simple example of how to plot the three dimensions of a 3-dimensional controller (the resulting graph is shown in the image, above):

(setq my-env (make-controller 'envelope 3 
         '( (0 0 0.5 1) 
            (1 1 0 0.25) 
            (2 0 1 0.75)) ))
(setq graph (make-plot))
(plot-value graph "my-envelope-dim1" my-env 0)
(plot-value graph "my-envelope-dim2" my-env 1)
(plot-value graph "my-envelope-dim3" my-env 2)
(run 2)
(plot graph "My Plotted Controller Data")
This command must be called after (make-plot) and before running the synthesis with the (run ...) command.



In very old versions of Modalys the plot feature worked slightly differently. The (plot-value ... ) function used a lambda expression instead of a controller. Older scripts will need to be updated to the new syntax.