## 6.5.3 Plotting data from vectors

Vectors can be used to pass calculated data to the `plot` command for plotting. Instead of supplying the name of a data file, or a function to be plotted, a series of colon-separated vector objects should be passed to the `plot` command. Each of the vectors should be the same length; the th elements of each of the vectors are put together to form the columns of data for the th data point.

The following example draws 100 random points on a graph:

N=100
a=vector(N) ; b=vector(N)
for i=0 to 99 { a[i]=random.random() ; }
for i=0 to 99 { b[i]=random.random() ; }
plot [0:1][0:1] a:b

Vectors support the same `filter()`, `map()` and `reduce()` methods as lists (see Section 6.3.6), and these can prove especially useful for preparing data for plotting. The following example selects fifty random points along the -axis, and uses them to plot :

N=50
a=vector(N)
for i=0 to 99 { a[i]=random.random() ; }
b=a.map(sin)
plot [0:1][0:1] a:b