# Plots.jl : Obtain a graph with alligned ticks on x and y axes

Hey,

Is there a way to force a plot to have the same ticks values on the x and the y axes ? So that the ‘grid’ is symmetric. It will make the reading of my qqplots easier.

Can you show some example? `ratio=1.0` keyword makes unit length in x and y be the same but I am not sure about tick values shown in the plot.

I suspect that providing common `lims` should suffice:

``````using Plots; gr()
plot(sin, lims=(-3, 3))
``````

Consider the following :

``````using Plots
X = randn(1000)
Y = randn(1000)
Y = X .* (1 + Y / 5)
scatter(X,Y)
``````

which on my machine produce the following graph :

The ticks are not aligned : the values shown are not the same on the xaxis (-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3) and the y axis (-4,-2,0,2), resulting in a gray grid behind the points that is not symmetric.

If i do:

``````scatter(X,Y,xlims=[-4,4],ylims=[-4,4])
``````

this works and gives :

However i think this is by chance and i am not sure it will make them symetric in other situation (different size of the plot, etc…), and i do not want to specify by hand the maximum and minimum values !

I am not aware of a built-in function to do that, but you could just supply the `xticks` and `yticks`, making them the same. It isn’t too hard to do “by hand” since you have the `X` and `Y` data right there. For example, `range(start=round(minimum(X),RoundDown),step=2,stop=round(maximum(X),RoundUp))` would give the ticks in your example plot.

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If the minimum value is like 0.9 and the maximum value is like 1.1, plotting from 0 to 2 would be a shame.

Is there a way I could look at how `Plots.jl` computes these values ?

Nothing is by hand in Julia…

``````xr, yr = extrema.((X,Y))
lims = extrema((xr..., yr...))
scatter(X,Y, lims=lims)
``````
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Plots.jl does not really take the extremum, it gives a little more room to the points. I am sure there is somewhere coded the computation of these limits, i just have to find it

`scatter(X,Y, lims=lims, widen=true)`

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`widen=true` seemsto be the solution. Thanks a lot this works as expected now