## Include a numeric variable in a Gnuplot title or legend

I was fitting a function to some data using Gnuplot, and then I wanted to include the result of the fit in the legend of my plot. Well, up to here the script looks like the following:

`# my function to fit the data`

f(x) = A*x**B# initial values for the fitA = 1 B = 1# do the fit, use column 2 as x and the absolute value of column 5 as yfit f(x) "data.csv" using 2:(abs($5)) via A, B[... lots of output from fit ...]

Now the variables A and B have a new value, resulting from the fit:

print A, B46.437770413374 0.153260265112221

I can plot the data together with the fit:

`set output "data.png"
set terminal png
set logscale xy
set samples 10000
plot f(x), "data.csv" using 2:(abs($5))`

This generates the following image:

Now I would like to have a legend for the fit like the following:

"y=A*x**B, A=46.437; B=0.153"

After digging a bit in the documentation, I discovered that Gnuplot has an `sprintf`

function that can be used more or less everywhere where a string literal would work. So that's how I got what I wanted:

```
[...]
````plot f(x) title sprintf("y=A*x**B, A=%.3f; B=%.3f", A, B) ,\
"data.csv" using 2:(abs($5))`

And that's what it looks like:

Well, in the next steps the legend could be moved to the lower right corner, but I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader ;-)
## Comments

Dear Ulle,

Thanks for those breakthru comments; very helpful indeed. Chris

Thank you, nice solution.

Thank you. This solved my problem.