For example ListLinePlot[Range[10000], PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"] will show a marker for every point, how can I show a marker just every hundred points?


As of Version 12.1 do not use PlotTheme -> "Monochrome" (see update below)

Taking a sample of the points and then working with Overlay or Show (e.g. mixing ListLinePlot, ListPlot) is a rather cumbersome solution. (Note, that just taking a sample of points, as the quickly accepted answer attempts, will not mark every hundredth point - it simply marks all points in a selection.)

There is a better way to achieve what the OP calls for (e.g. marking a selection of all points) by using Mesh:

points = RandomVariate[ UniformDistribution[], 50 ];
    Mesh -> 30, (* setting this to 50-2 = 48 will give all points *)
    PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"


Playing around with the number of points used for Mesh gives the idea:

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So for completeness' sake using Mesh the solution to the OP's problem is approximately:

ListLinePlot[Range[10000], Mesh -> (10000/100), PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"]


It seems that some things are broken in Version 12.1 as my solution will not work out (@XinBae points out, that earlier Versions had similiar issues).

I found the culprit: It is PlotTheme -> "Monochrome" which seems to break Mesh.

Compare the following output:

points = Sort@RandomVariate[UniformDistribution[], 50];
  ListLinePlot[points, Mesh -> 2, PlotTheme -> "Detailed"],
  ListLinePlot[points, Mesh -> 2, PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"]

Mesh Problems

  • $\begingroup$ @xin pei Note, that the topology of the plot is not affected. You called for less "Markers" not less "Points"! $\endgroup$ – gwr Jan 8 '19 at 10:55
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    $\begingroup$ Yes... Your answer is better $\endgroup$ – XinBae Jan 9 '19 at 2:20
  • $\begingroup$ So why is this answer downvoted? Someone angry because of COVID-19? ;-) $\endgroup$ – gwr May 25 '20 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe not the COVID-19. This method fails in version 12.1... In fact, in some previous versions, the mesh option also failed @gwr $\endgroup$ – XinBae Jun 2 '20 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ @XinBae I see. The culprit is PlotTheme -> "Monochrome" see my update. $\endgroup$ – gwr Jun 2 '20 at 18:05

This will do it:

ListLinePlot[Range[10000][[1;;-1;;100]], PlotTheme -> "Monochrome"]

The [[1;;-1;;100]] part specification picks one element every 100 elements.

  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it is. This will work for any list. $\endgroup$ – mmeent Jan 8 '19 at 8:13
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    $\begingroup$ OP wants less marks but not less points. $\endgroup$ – gwr Jan 8 '19 at 8:17
  • $\begingroup$ @gwr You can always make two plots and combine them with Show - one ListLinePlot without markers, and one ListPlot employing this solution to get a marker every 100 points $\endgroup$ – Lukas Lang Jan 8 '19 at 8:18
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    $\begingroup$ @gwr What I meant is that you make the ListLinePlot with all data points, and only the ListPlot with the subset. Or do you mean something else? $\endgroup$ – Lukas Lang Jan 8 '19 at 8:25
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    $\begingroup$ @LukasLang I am saying, that your suggestion will work but I am addressing this answer and it will not work in general. That is all. $\endgroup$ – gwr Jan 8 '19 at 8:26

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