Let us assume that we have two real functions $f(x_1,x_2)$ and $g(x_1,x_2)$.

I want to plot a 2D region of $\{(x_1, x_2)| f(x_1, x_2) \geq g(x_1, x_2)\}$.

The Region function seems cannot work well if f and g are complicated. Is there any suggested function in Mathematica to do this job?


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It is quite difficult to understand what problems you faced, since you have not provided explicit code, so I am giving a very simple command just to get you started.

Assume the following functions

f[x1_][x2_] := x1^2 + 2*x2
g[x1_][x2_] := x1 + 2/x2

and then we can use

RegionPlot[f[x1][x2] >= g[x1][x2], {x1, 0, 4}, {x2, 0, 11}]

which returns a nice plot.

Another workaround that comes to mind is to use the Plot3D command. As an example

Plot3D[{f[x1][x2], g[x1][x2]}, {x1, -5, 5}, {x2, -10, 10}, 
 PlotLegends -> "Expressions"]
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer. But when f and g are rather complicated and computationally demanding, RegionPlot sometimes will generate unsatisfactory results. For example, some area which should be colored might become blank. $\endgroup$
    – xingyu fu
    May 5, 2021 at 0:57
f = x1 + x2*Sin[x1];
g = x1*x2 + Cos[x2]*x1;
ContourPlot[f - g, {x1, -10, 10}, {x2, -10, 10}, Contours -> {0}, 
 ContourShading -> {None, Red}, PlotPoints -> 80]

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    $\begingroup$ +1 Note that you get better resolution also using MaxRecursion rather than just using PlotPoints, e.g., PlotPoints -> 50, MaxRecursion -> 8 $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    May 4, 2021 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ That's a nice, nifty trick $\endgroup$
    – kcr
    May 4, 2021 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ @BobHanlon Thanks! MaxRecursion work. $\endgroup$
    – cvgmt
    May 4, 2021 at 13:17

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