A Waterfall plot is a three-dimensional plot in which multiple curves of data, typically spectra, are displayed simultaneously. Typically the curves are staggered both across the screen and vertically, with 'nearer' curves masking the ones behind. The result is a series of "mountain" shapes that appear to be side by side. The waterfall plot is often used to show how two-dimensional information changes over time or some other variable such as rpm. The term "waterfall plot" is sometimes used interchangeably with "spectrogram" or "Cumulative Spectral Decay" (CSD) plot.


Waterfall plots are often used to show the:

  • Spectrogram and 3 styles of waterfall plot of a whistled sequence of 3 notes vs time

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[|Typical engine vibration waterfall]