I'm trying to do something that should be fairly straightforward: having a vertical y-axis label. My problem is, it creates a ridiculously large space between the label and the axis (exactly what I'm trying to avoid). Here's my code, inspired from answers to previous questions, and the result.

    {p, p/(Exp[1.1]*(1-p)+p),p*Exp[1.1]/(1+p*(Exp[1.1]-1))},
    PlotStyle->{Black ,Blue,Blue},
    AxesOrigin -> {0, 0},
    ImageMargins -> 0
  {"Initial suspicion","Updated suspicion"},
  {Bottom, Left},

plot with very large space between y-axis and label

Things I tried: using a Frame (doesn't work and breaks the style of axes), add zero or negative Spacings (same result), using Rotate["updated suspicion", 90 Degree] instead of RotateLabel->True (same result). Now I'm out of ideas, even though it feels like this should be simple.

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    – rhermans
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 16:09

3 Answers 3


If you don't like the frame around everything, you can specify the sides. With FrameLabel, the labeling you want can be done easily:

Plot[{p, p/(Exp[1.1]*(1 - p) + p), 
  p*Exp[1.1]/(1 + p*(Exp[1.1] - 1))}, {p, 0, 1}, 
 PlotStyle -> {Black, Blue, Blue}, AxesOrigin -> {0, 0}, 
 AspectRatio -> 1, ImageMargins -> 0, 
 FrameLabel -> {"Initial suspicion", "Updated suspicion"}, 
 Frame -> {{True, False}, {True, False}}]

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ Your command didn't give me exactly this graphic (on Wolfram Programming Lab), the ticks were gone. Adding FrameTicks -> All solved it, and I also added PlotRangePadding -> 0 to fix the fact that the plot no longer starts at the origin. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Ted
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 12:21

I typically do use FrameLabel for this.

Plot[{p, p/(Exp[1.1]*(1 - p) + p), p*Exp[1.1]/(1 + p*(Exp[1.1] - 1))},
  {p, 0, 1}, PlotStyle -> {Black, Blue, Blue}, AxesOrigin -> {0, 0}, 
  AspectRatio -> 1, ImageMargins -> 0, 
  Frame -> {True, True, False, False}, 
  FrameLabel -> {"Initial suspicion", "Updated suspicion"}]

Mathematica graphics


I started by defining a region which is just a white rectangle. If you like, you can get a bounding box by uncommenting the EdgeForm:

p100 = Graphics[{(EdgeForm[Thick]), White, Rectangle[]}, AspectRatio -> 0.70, ImageSize -> 486]

Then, you just put stuff in it wherever you like:

Show [ p100, Inset[p1,{0.25,0.25}], Inset["X-Axis",0.50,0.20] ]

Here, p1 is some plot. You can make multipart figures this way, or annotate figures. When I made p1, I use the option FrameLabel->{"","Y-Axis"}

You have to do a little work with the numbers to place things where you want, but it's not hard. I work with the EdgeForm on while I'm making the figure, then I turn it off when I want to save the final product.


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