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    X vs Y or Y vs X?

    Just a simple question:

    When someone asks you to plot something A vs B, is A on the x-axis or on the y-axis?

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    A vs. B

    A = y axis, B = x axis

    ie. Graph temperature vs. time

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    Well, simple logic would assign A-->X B--Y because of relative positions within the alphabet. So I'd do that.

    Edit: Though, since Joncy usually seems right in these instances, I'll agree blindly with what he says and assume I'm wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yecti View Post
    Well, simple logic would assign A-->X B--Y because of relative positions within the alphabet. So I'd do that.

    Edit: Though, since Joncy usually seems right in these instances, I'll agree blindly with what he says and assume I'm wrong.
    yeah, A and B were arbitrarily chosen... think you missed the point of the question

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    A vs. B

    A = y axis, B = x axis

    ie. Graph temperature vs. time
    thankyouse

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    Yeah, A vs. B = "A when B is ..." implying that A is on the vertical and B is on the horizontal if vertical is dependent
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    Yeah, it would depend on what A and B represent. The independent variable goes on the x axis. The dependent variable goes on the y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent Valentine View Post
    Yeah, it would depend on what A and B represent. The independent variable goes on the x axis. The dependent variable goes on the y.
    it's not always clear though, which variable is independent. for example, stress vs. strain

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    Well... As it`s most comfy, I guess?

    If you can express one through another, then it would be useful to use expressed one for Y, and expressing - for X.

    (Like, if you can express it like A=1/B, for example, then it would be comfy to use Y for A, and X for B.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon`C View Post
    ie. Graph temperature vs. time
    ok

    if a change in time results in a change of temperature (temperature is the dependent variable and time is the independent variable, or T = f(t) which can also be expressed as y = f(x) )
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    Like Jon`C said, just replace "vs." with "as a function of." The independent variable goes on the horizontal axis, so problem solved.
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