MATLAB: Create aditional legend on bar chart

barcolorslegend

Hello,
I got a bar chart, and i want to have the bars with different colors. I would like to know if it possible to show sometype of legend in funciton of colors.
I would like to show up, red saying Reaction, green for pressure and etc.
This way i can only show the first one and not able to show the rest.
X = [10 17 3 25 31 20 11 13 14];
myC = [1 0 0; 0 1 0; 1 0 1; 0 0 1; 0.5 0 0.5; 1 0.5 1; 0.5 0 0; 0 0.5 0; 1 0 0.5];
figure();
fig = bar(X);
fig.FaceColor = 'flat';
% hold on
fig.CData(1,:) = [1 0 0];
fig.CData(2,:) = [0 1 0];
fig.CData(3,:) = [1 0 1];
fig.CData(4,:) = [0 0 1];
fig.CData(5,:) = [0.5 0 0.5];
fig.CData(6,:) = [1 0.5 1];
fig.CData(7,:) = [0.5 0 0];
fig.CData(8,:) = [0 0.5 0];
fig.CData(9,:) = [1 0 0.5];
lgd = legend(fig,{'Reaction';'Pressure';'Load';'Separation';'Tanks';'valves';'XV';'TIC';'Hydrogen'},'location','best');
If not possible, other suggestion is welcome!
Thanks for your time,
Tiago

Best Answer

  • Oh, the infamous bar again! What a difficult implemtation it is to do anything with... :(
    Believe it or not, you must do something like the following--
    M=diag(X);
    figure
    hB=bar(M,'stacked');
    arrayfun(@(i) set(hB(i),'FaceColor',myC(i,:)),1:numel(hB))
    hLg=legend({'Reaction';'Pressure';'Load';'Separation';'Tanks';'valves';'XV';'TIC';'Hydrogen'},'location','best');
    to convince bar to put multiple bar objects on a figure without grouping them. This is necessary because while you can set an individual color by bar on a single object, legend can only label one per handle graphics object and all the bars drawn are one object when using a vector; there's no option otherwise.
    I always suggest to add your voice to the copious complaints/suggestions I've made in the past and submit enhancement requests/quality of implementation/documentation on the bar function. It's incredibly difficult to work with as is and needs all kinds of these bizarre workarounds to do the most obvious of things...try to put a label on each bar and see how much fun that turns into, too...
    ADDENDUM
    BTW, you can shorten the arrayfun() option to set multiple properties with a single call to set if you turn the colors array into cell array--
    myC=cell2mat(myC,ones(1,size(myC,1)));
    set(hB,{'FaceColor'},myC)