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can the color in MeshStyle be specified by a ColorFunction, such as “SunsetColors” for example. If so, what is the correct syntax?

This is an example given in Help: Plot3D[Sin[x y], {x, 0, 3}, {y, 0, 3}, MeshStyle -> Gray] Could this be changed to something like ...
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How can I replace bi-directional DirectedEdge pairs in a Graph with a single UndirectedEdge?

The Cayley graphs produced by Mathematica 8.0's CayleyGraph function represent actions that are their own inverses in an unconventional way: rather than using a ...
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How can I make FilledCurve smoother?

In How can I generate and randomly assign color to annular sectors? J.M. showed an interesting way to create a sector graphic using FilledCurve. Unfortunately it ...
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What is wrong with triangle PlotMarkers in v.10.0.0?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 In Mathematica 10.0.0 we have built-in graphical triangle PlotMarkers. Let us look closer on them: ...
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Why do some CountryData flags render at low resolution?

This question is related to data analysis introduced here Why do some flag images from the CountryData dataset render at very low resolution both in Front End and ...
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How to align rotated tick labels?

How can I align tick labels so the tick label text ends centered under the data point? Of Course it works fine with a rotation of 90 Degrees, but not with 45 or similar angles. I see an example of ...
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ListContourPlot interpolation screws up on concave set of data

I want to create ListContourPlots for sets of Data (from a physics simulation) given as Triplets {x, y, f(x, y)}. Certain parameter regions in the x-y-plane are ...
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How to insert guide-lines in graphics without specifying range?

Is it possible to insert guide lines in Graphics - for example a horizontal line through y=0 coordinate without specifying the range of the line? Originally I assumed Infinity might do the trick: ...
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Is it possible to render Graphics with more than “Byte” bitdepth?

I wonder is it possible to render Graphics in Mathematica with bitdepth higher than "Byte" which is the maximum bitdepth ...
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How can I completely remove the ListAnimate controls?

I want to use ListAnimate to show an animation but I want to remove the slider and all of the buttons from the top and show the animation panel only. There is an ...
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generating randomly oriented non-intersecting cylinders

I could not find anything relevant with "googling" (only this) I can create a set of randomly oriented cylinders (code found here) ...
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Why does GridLines option fail with Function?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 The Plot option GridLines can be specified either as a list of explicit values ...
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Labels and tickmarks inside Frame

Is there a way to force Plot and related functions to place the tick labels inside, rather than outside a frame? For example, consider, ...
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How can I insert an EPS file exported from RegionPlot into MS Word?

I generate a figure using RegionPlot and then Export it as "EPS". When I insert this picture ...
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Graphics in Notebook Different from Graphics Expression?

Consider the expression TreeForm[a+b^2+c^3+d] which displays as This is a nice Graphics object, as I can prove by typing ...
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How do I avoid the gaps introduced by a frame on a plot?

You can see that there are gaps on all sides of the plot between the frame and the extent of the line that I've plotted. How do I get rid of these? I'd like the frame to cover $[0,1]\times[0,1]$ and ...
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How can I have an axis label automatically positioned below the X-axis?

I'm attempting to generate some histograms, and I'd like to automatically label the X-axis. However, Histogram[. . ., AxesLabel -> {"X", "Y"}] places the "X" ...
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How to highlight image edge with spline/bezier when mouse moved over?

It is known that EdgeDetect can find image edges in an image. Suppose the image edges consists of sets of lines. Can the detected edge line near the mouse pointer be highlighted as spline/bezier when ...
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How can this image (optical illusion) be created with Mathematica?

I came across this image the other day: and liked the sensation of it pulsing. I was wondering if anyone would know how to create something similar with Mathematica (without the Pink Floyd Dark ...
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How to make the digits of π go around in a spiral like this?

Here is a start. MapIndexed[Text[Reverse[First[RealDigits[Pi,10,252]]][[Tr@#2]],#]&, Table[{t Cos[t],t Sin[t]},{t,0,16Pi,0.2}]]//Graphics
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Factorisation diagrams

Here is a way to visualize the factorisation of natural numbers. How do we get this or a similar kind of output using Mathematica? See the list of images generated for number from 1 to 36:
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How to plot Venn diagrams with Mathematica?

How does one plot Venn diagrams with Mathematica? I've searched quite a bit and I've found one source at MathWorld which provides the source code for doing them. But I don't understand this code, can ...
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Animating mathematica.se logo

As we all know our site's logo was completely generated by Mathematica. I suppose it is quite natural to make the next step -- to generate the animated version of this logo. There's a lot of space for ...
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How can I pack circles of different sizes into a spiral?

Given a list of circles of different areas, I need to arrange them tangentially in order of increasing area and spiraling outward. An example of the type of packing I'm attempting is shown by the ...
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Custom arrow shaft

Inspired by Sjoerd C. de Vries' nice answer to this question, and the desire to pimp a Graph I did with Mathematica recently I would like to know if there are ways to customize the arrow's shaft ...
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How to construct a treemap using non-rectangles?

I've written the standard version of a tree map (a graphic that shows nested data) and I'm looking to improve on this layout by switching to different types of polygons or perhaps circles. Can anyone ...
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Make a map of squares

I'm trying to use Mathematica to make a map similar to the one here i.e. a US map where each state is represented by a square of a given size, located as close as possible to its true geographical ...
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Drawing pairs (planar graph, circle packing)

Circle packing theorem states: For every connected simple planar graph G there is a circle packing in the plane whose intersection graph is (isomorphic to) G. How to use Mathematica to draw examples ...
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Animating a Voronoi Diagram

edit: Excellent answers have been provided and I made an animation which is suitable for my use, however, all the examples rely on bitmap/rasterized data; is there a vector based approach? I would ...
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Chart illustrating options that affect Graphics/Graphics3D objects

In Mathematica there is a seemingly never-ending list of parameters that affect the appearance of Graphics and Graphics3D ...
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Using ListPointPlot3D to simulate 2D plots moving in time

I wrote a 1D solver for the heat equation $u_t=u_{xx}$, and I can animate the solution using normal ListPlot command, where the x-axis is the rod length, and the ...
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How to draw cylinders inside a cube

I want to create the following graphic (ignore the unit vectors). What I do is the following (not the most elegent and smart way I guess:-)!): 1) Use the code below to generate randomly distributed ...
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2D Visualization of links and knots

I am trying to draw a picture using Mathematica of three loops linking together in 3D as follows. ...
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How to convert a 2D image into a 3D graphics?

I have an image I would like to make into a .dxf and to do this I need a Graphics3D object. Is there anyway I can do this? Can ...
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How to draw a spring?

I am new to Mathematica and have recently been exploring graphical animations. So I was experimenting with simple concepts in periodic motion and hence wondered how can I draw a simple spring? Is ...
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On drilling holes with minimal redundancy (and with colors!)

The old Mathematica package Graphics`Shapes` featured the function PerforatePolygons[], which drilled a hole in any ...
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Distance between point and line segments

How would you determine the shortest distance between a point and one or more segments? For example, what is the shortest distance between the point and the two segments below? Clearly the point is ...
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Vectorizing an image like “Trace Bitmap” in Inkscape

Lately, we had a nice question about artistic image vectorization which got very nice answers. As Szabolcs pointed out himself Since "true" vectorization performed by various specialized software ...
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Is there a way to have Plot draw points on a function where the function is undefined as circles as in textbooks?

A very common feature of graphs of functions used throughout textbooks are simple indications, such as open circles, of the points at which a function is undefined. Is there a way to do this in ...
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How to save plots in grayscale

As sophomoric as this question seems, how should I save plots in grayscale in Mathematica? I generally like eps images for their scalability and I use ghostscript or other third party perl scripts ...
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Drawing a square root spiral

Here is a start. I'm looking for a nice way to draw it. ...
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Programmatically combine 2D contour plots with 1D projections

I regularly need to plot 2D and 1D data together. I want to be able to show a 2D contour plot with the projections along each of the axes. As it is now, I create the three plots separately and use ...
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How to express ticks in scientific form? [duplicate]

I want to express the ticks in scientific form. I tried two ways as following ...
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How do I map a Mollweide projection onto a sphere?

I have this Mollweide projection of the Earth circa 600 million years ago (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~rcb7/370moll.jpg).(1) I want to map this onto a sphere. My results have big black splotches in ...
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Plotting an additional axis with ticks

When preparing non-standard graphs, it is common that one needs an "extra" axis, parallel but displaced from a traditional axis. This might happen in many cases: When you want to plot two curves ...
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How to export .mtl files for 3D textured objects

I would really like to deploy my textured 3D graphics in the web with sketchfab in my blog. Unfortunately, Mathematica only exports the shape of the 3d graphics, i.e. the .obj file, but omits the ...
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How can I prevent ColorFunction from disabling antialiasing in graphics?

When I use ColorFunction, the appearance of my plots is ruined, changing from this which has the normal smooth lines and antialiased fonts, to this in which ...
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Tool to locate bloat in a notebook?

In developing a notebook, I often find I have created a very boated file that takes a long time to save. I would like to slim it down. It is usually the result of graphics and images, but they may be ...
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Rasterize: Resolution option not working properly

Something about Rasterize which doesn't seem to work as intended. Recipe: Make some simple vector graphics: ...
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Diagonal Tick Marks

I would like to draw diagonal tick marks around a plot, and simultaneously rotate the tick labels as well. I've mocked up what this would look like: Is there an easy way to do this in Mathematica? ...