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Sometimes I get really tired of Preparing data for making an ErrorListPlot using Thread and friends. Is there a simpler way to plot an ErrorListPlot with only y error bars?

Nothing is mentioned in the documentation.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps I should change this into a self answered Q/A? What's the simplest way to plot an ErrorListPlot?:) $\endgroup$ – Ajasja Apr 12 '13 at 13:56
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with the Q/A idea. $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Apr 12 '13 at 14:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Mr.Wizard done $\endgroup$ – Ajasja Apr 12 '13 at 14:43
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Indeed it seems there is a simpler way:

Instead of

ErrorListPlot[{{{x1, y1}, ErrorBar[err1]}, {{x2, y2}, ErrorBar[err2]}, ...}]

Just do

ErrorListPlot[{{x1, y1, dy1}, {x2, y2, dy2} ...}, ...}]

Here is an example:

Needs["ErrorBarPlots`"]
ErrorListPlot[{{1, 2, 0.5}, {3, 4, 0.1}, {5, 6, 0}}, 
               PlotRange -> All, Frame -> True, Axes -> False]

Example error plot

Why this is not documented is beyond me.

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    $\begingroup$ If you type ??ErrorListPlotyou get the transformation being used: {{ErrorBarPlotsPrivatex_?NumericQ, ErrorBarPlotsPrivatey_?NumericQ, ErrorBarPlotsPrivatee_? NumericQ} :> (ErrorBarPlotsPrivateerror[ N[{ErrorBarPlotsPrivatex, ErrorBarPlotsPrivatey}]] = ErrorBar[{0, 0}, {-ErrorBarPlotsPrivatee, ErrorBarPlotsPrivatee}];` $\endgroup$ – Dr. belisarius Apr 12 '13 at 17:36

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