# [Tex/LaTex] How to decrease separation between different plots? bar graph pgfplots

bar chartnodes-near-coordspgfplots

\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\include{macros/style}
\include{macros/use_packages}
\usepackage{indentfirst}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{algorithm}
\usepackage{algpseudocode}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{array,booktabs,ragged2e}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{color}
\section{Results}
interval & carT & carD & carC & carG\\
10 Hz     & 62680  & 125130 & 10000 & 100000\\
OSC     & 62680  & 125130 & 100000 & 100000\\
Adaptive     & 62680  & 125130 & 1000000 & 1000000\\
}\mydata

\begin{tikzpicture}
\hspace{-2cm}
\begin{axis}[
ybar,
bar width=17pt,
x=7cm,
ybar=1pt,
width=1\textwidth,
height=.5\textwidth,
legend style={at={(0.5,1)},
anchor=north,legend columns=-1},
symbolic x coords={10 Hz, OSC, Adaptive},
xtick=data,
nodes near coords,
nodes near coords align={horizontal},
ymin=0,ymax=400000,
ylabel={Number of Packets Sent},
]
\legend{Six Lanes, 12 Lanes, E.C. Row, i75}
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture} For me the key to a good solution is to switch from absolute width (in pt) to relative width using the axis coordinate system. Doing this has the advantage that when you once have fixed the bar widths and "distance of the bars to the axis" (using enlarge x limits) you can scale your plot using width only.

For details please have a look at the comments in the code.

% used PGFPlots v1.15
\documentclass[border=5pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{pgfplotstable}
\pgfplotsset{
% use this compat' level or higher to use the feature of specifying
% bar width' in axis units
compat=1.7,
}
interval & carT  & carD   & carC    & carG    \\
10 Hz    & 62680 & 125130 & 10000   & 100000  \\
OSC      & 62680 & 125130 & 100000  & 100000  \\
Adaptive & 62680 & 125130 & 1000000 & 1000000 \\
}\mydata
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
% it doesn't make sense to specify x' AND width', because only
% one of them can be used. Here x' would make the race.
%        x=7cm,
width=1\textwidth,
height=.5\textwidth,
ymin=0,
ymax=400000,
ylabel={Number of Packets Sent},
xtick=data,
% ---------------------------------------------------------------------
% replace symbolic x coords' by xticklabels from table' (step 1)
% (and do step 2 which is given at the \addplot's)
%        symbolic x coords={10 Hz, OSC, Adaptive},
xticklabels from table={\mydata}{interval},
ybar,
% when not using symbolic coords we have the opportunity to specify
% bar width' in axis units ...
bar width=0.2,
ybar=1pt,
% ... and then we can also give an absolute value for enlarge x limits'
enlarge x limits={abs=0.5},
% Now you can change width' as you like and don't need to tough
% here, because everything is given "relative"
% ---------------------------------------------------------------------
nodes near coords,
legend style={
at={(0.5,1)},
anchor=north,
legend columns=-1,
},
]
% replaced x=interval' with x expr=\coordindex' (step 2)
% to have the same result as using symbolic x coords' 