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Filled area 2-D plot

`area(Y)area(X,Y)area(...,basevalue)area(...,'`

An area graph displays elements in `Y` as one
or more curves and fills the area beneath each curve. When `Y` is
a matrix, the curves are stacked showing the relative contribution
of each row element to the total height of the curve at each x interval.

`area(Y)` plots the vector `Y` or
plots each column in matrix `Y` as a separate curve
and stacks the curves. The *x*-axis automatically
scales to `1:size(Y,1)`.

`area(X,Y)` For vectors `X` and `Y`, `area(X,Y)` is
the same as `plot(X,Y)` except that the area between `0` and `Y` is
filled. When `Y` is a matrix, `area(X,Y)` plots
the columns of `Y` as filled areas. For each `X`,
the net result is the sum of corresponding values from the rows of `Y`.

If `X` is a vector, `length(X)` must
equal `length(Y)`. If `X` is a matrix, `size(X)` must
equal `size(Y)`.

`area(...,basevalue)` specifies
the base value for the area fill. The default `basevalue` is `0`.
See the `BaseValue` property
for more information.

`area(...,'PropertyName',PropertyValue,...)` specifies
property name and property value pairs for the patch graphics object
created by

`area(axes_handle,...)` plots
into the axes with the handle `axes_handle` instead
of into the current axes (`gca`).

`h = area(...)` returns handles
of `areaseries` graphics objects.

Creating an area graph of an *m*-by-*n* matrix
creates *n* areaseries objects (that is, one per
column), whereas a 1-by-*n* vector creates one
areaseries object.

Some areaseries object properties that you set on an individual areaseries object set the values for all areaseries objects in the graph. See the property descriptions for information on specific properties.

`Areaseries Properties` | `bar` | `plot` | `sort`

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