I am making a ListPlot, in which the x-axis is the result of AbsoluteTime. I want the tick text to be human-readable by applying DateString, but don't want to mess with the automatic tick length. Is this possible? Thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ DateListPlot? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ Don't know what you mean with tick length here, but if you're worried about the size of the label perhaps you could use Rotate? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 11:49

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Unless you specify the tick mark length in your tick specifications tick marks are rendered with default length and style.

tickF = {#, DateString[#, {"MonthNameShort", " ", "Day", "/", "YearShort"}]} & /@ 
  AbsoluteTime /@ DateRange[##, {10, "Day"}] &;

Example data:

data = {{3368649600, 8}, {3369427200, 10}, {3370291200, 12}, {3370636800, 14}, 
  {3371673600, 15}, {3372537600, 20}};

If you have to use ListPlot:

ListPlot[data, Frame -> True, Axes -> False, PlotRange -> Full,
 FrameTicks -> {tickF, Automatic, Automatic, Automatic}, 
 GridLines -> {First /@ tickF[##] &, None}]

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If not, DateListPlot is more convenient to use for your data structure:

DateListPlot[data, PlotRange -> Full, 
  FrameTicks -> {tickF, Automatic, Automatic, Automatic}]

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