I have a parametric matrix. I can solve the eigenvalue problem as a function of the parameter used in the matrix. I need to extract the solutions as a function of the parameter. Let me give an example: Suppose I have a parametric matrix as

m[c_] := {{1, -c + 1, 2}, {c, 5, c}, {2, 5, c}};

The eigenvalues can be plotted as a function of the parameter using

Plot[Eigenvalues[m[c]], {c, 0, 1}]

which results

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Now I want to extract data of these plots. How can I do that functionally using Mathematica's commands?


3 Answers 3


I want to extract data of these plots

There are many ways to extract data from plots (if you search you'll find good examples).

One method I like is EvaluationMonitor since one can then control what data to extract, and how to format it, even thought it might not be the most efficient?

ClearAll[m, c, x]
m[c_] := {{1, -c + 1, 2}, {c, 5, c}, {2, 5, c}};
data = Reap@
   Plot[Eigenvalues[m[c]], {c, 0, 1}, 
     EvaluationMonitor :> Sow[{c, Eigenvalues[m[c]]}]];
data = data[[2, 1]]

And now data contains what you want

 {{2.04082*10^-8, {5., 2.56155, -1.56155}}, 
  {0.0196287, {5.04462, 2.52608, -1.55108}}, 
  {0.0409084, {5.09137, 2.48926, -1.53972}}, 

The first value in each row is c and the second list in each row are the eigenvalues for that c.

For example



 {5.04462, 2.52608, -1.55108}

Which you see is the second row in the output. etc..

The above is basically the same as doing

 Table[{c, Eigenvalues[m[c]]},{c,0,...}]

The only difference is that you are using Plot choice of the sample values of c it used to make the plot, which one does not know before hand.


It is not possible to plot data of each line

All the data is there. One way to plot it from the extracted data is

p1 = ListPlot[Transpose[{data[[All, 1]], data[[All, 2, 1]]}], PlotStyle -> Red];
p2 = ListPlot[Transpose[{data[[All, 1]], data[[All, 2, 2]]}], PlotStyle -> Blue];
p3 = ListPlot[Transpose[{data[[All, 1]], data[[All, 2, 3]]}], PlotStyle -> Black];
Show[{p1, p2, p3}, AxesOrigin -> {0, 0}, PlotRange -> All]

Mathematica graphics

There is probably a better way to plot the data back, but this becomes a question on plotting. The point is, all the data is there.

  • $\begingroup$ Dear @Nasser,It is not possible to plot data of each line if I extract data of each line using your method. $\endgroup$
    Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 5:43
  • $\begingroup$ @HS8637 it is possible. Since all the data is there. I'll post how. $\endgroup$
    – Nasser
    Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 5:52

Perhaps you just want to create functions for each eigenvalue:

{eig1[c_], eig2[c_], eig3[c_]} = Eigenvalues[m[c]];


Plot[{eig1[c], eig2[c], eig3[c]}, {c, 0, 1}]

enter image description here

The value of the second eigenvalue at $c=2$:


4 - Sqrt[11]


Following this answer by @Jens:

plot=Plot[Eigenvalues[m[c]], {c, 0, 1}];

Mathematica graphics


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