Hopefully this is a simple question. I'm trying to overlay some text on top of a LogLogPlot using Epilog and Text. However, I'm struggling with the coordinates that Text seems to be using for placement. For example:

LogLogPlot[x + Sin[2x], {x, 1, 1000},
  Epilog -> Style[Text["x+sin(2x)", {5, 5}], 14]]

places the label "x+sin(x)" at roughly {x,y}={150,150} on the plot's coordinate system, and not {5,5} as in the input. However, if I change the LogLogPlot to just Plot, the label will get placed at {5,5} (or wherever I specify). What's going on?

How it looks right now:


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    $\begingroup$ You have to use Log on the coordinates, this works: LogLogPlot[x + Sin[2 x], {x, 1, 1000}, Epilog -> Style[Text["x+sin(2x)", {Log[5], Log[5]}], 14]] $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Anon You just beat me. If you want, I'll delete my answer and let you answer. ? $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelE2 I only beat you to it because I was too lazy to create that image. Your answer deserved to get accepted :) $\endgroup$
    – C. E.
    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:53

1 Answer 1


Apparently the Epilog is processed after the coordinate remapping. Log[{150., 150.}] ~ {5., 5.}. Try this if you want the label at {5, 5}:

LogLogPlot[x + Sin[2 x], {x, 1, 1000}, 
 Epilog -> Style[Text["x+sin(2x)", Log@{5, 5}], 14]]

Mathematica graphics

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    $\begingroup$ I love those four-character fixes! $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:05
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    $\begingroup$ That works perfectly... interesting, though, that while the log scales are in base 10, you must supply the log base e of the coordinates. $\endgroup$ Jul 31, 2013 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ @user1748343 If you want to see what's being used, select the graphics, and execute the menu item Cell > Show Expression. It'll be long. But search for CoordinatesToolOptions. You'll see the functions used. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:11
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    $\begingroup$ There's no need to search for it; just use Options[(*graphic*), CoordinatesToolOptions] $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jul 31, 2013 at 22:25
  • $\begingroup$ slightly related: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/27109/… $\endgroup$
    – Jonie
    Jul 31, 2013 at 23:55

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