How can I stop ListPlot3D from drawing segments between data points that differ by a certain threshold? In my example these far separated data points correspond to data samples either side of a discontinuity.

This question is a natural extension of the question here for ListPlot, and may well be a trivial extension for those who know what they're doing. Or perhaps not.

Here is an example:

r = x^2 + y^2;
data = Table[r Tan[r], {x, -2, 2, 0.01}, {y, -2, 2, 0.01}];
ListPlot3D[data, ClippingStyle -> None]

I appreciate that here we can split the plotting into two different regions before and after the discontinuity in Tan, but in the general case this is not so easy.

  • $\begingroup$ I tag @corey979, the accepted answerer from the previous question, but with no implied obligation! $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Jan 17, 2017 at 11:39

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I suppose you could pick a plot range (perhaps from a test plot) and use RegionFunction to enforce it:

ListPlot3D[data, ClippingStyle -> None, 
 RegionFunction -> Function[{x, y, z}, -11 < z < 12]]

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ I think this sort of tweaking of plots is for polishing presentations and papers, so using a test plot seems quite practical. However, a semi-automatic way to pick a range might be something like Quantile[Flatten@data, {0.05, 0.95}]. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Jan 17, 2017 at 15:10

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