Goal: plot 3D lattice with knots of different color.


xyzF={{1, 1, 1, color111}, {1, 1, 2, color112},...,{N,N,N,colorNNN}}

Working example to color the grid into Hue[x]:

xyzF = Flatten[Table[{i, j, k, i*j*k/27.}, {i, 1, 3}, {j, 1, 3}, {k, 1, 3}], 2]
xyz = Map[#[[1 ;; 3]] &, xyzF]
ListPointPlot3D[xyz, ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y, z}, Hue[x]]]

NOT working example to color the grid into F[x,y,z]:

returnF[x_, y_, z_] := Module[{res},

Map[If[#[[1]] == x && #[[2]] == y && #[[3]] == z, res = #[[4]]] &, xyzF];

ListPointPlot3D[xyz, ColorFunction -> Function[{x, y, z}, returnF[x,y,z]]]

Error message:

Ignoring invalid graphics directive Hue[$CellContext`$784].

What is the problem and how can I make it work?


1 Answer 1


Source of the problem

Your code works as written with a single change: the addition of ColorFunctionScaling -> False. (You do not need a separate Function as returnF can be used independently.)

ListPointPlot3D[xyz, ColorFunction -> returnF, ColorFunctionScaling -> False]

enter image description here

ColorFunctionScaling defaults to True, therefore all coordinates are scaled to fall within the range [0,1] and these values do not match anything in xyzF.

Recommended method

However you can simplify things significantly by using Graphics3D directly. (I shall use a larger PointSize so that you can see the coloration more easily.)

  {Hue[#4], Point[{#, #2, #3}]} & @@@ xyzF
 , Axes -> True

enter image description here

Or a bit more efficiently (i.e. faster rendering) with a single Point expression and VertexColors:

  Point[xyz, VertexColors -> (Hue /@ xyzF[[All, 4]])]
 Axes -> True

See BoxRatios if you want the graphic to have a different shape, e.g. ListPointPlot3D defaults to BoxRatios -> {1, 1, 0.4}.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, Mr.Wizard! It does the trick, but I'm a bit confused about the error message. Do you understand what's going on there? $\endgroup$ May 25, 2017 at 2:53
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    $\begingroup$ @user1541776 Sorry, I forgot to address that, and it is simple and important. I shall update my answer. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    May 25, 2017 at 19:47

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