I am fitting a theoretical equation for a complicated curve to some experimentally measured data. As you might be aware, algorithmically quantifying 'goodness of fit' for a complicated curve is something of a dark art...

I want to load the experimental data and display it in a graph, and then over the top have a manipulable plot of the generated curve superimposed, so that I can tweak the parameters by eye until the fit looks good.

I can plot the measured data, and I can plot the manipulable curve from theory, but I need them to be plotted on top of each other!

I'm having trouble getting it to show the two graphs at once though... is it possible?

Many thanks, Ben

  • $\begingroup$ check out Show $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ Manipulate[ Show[ Plot[...], ListPlot[...]], {...}]. This question has been asked many times, and of course is a duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – Artes
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ Plot[ <<>>, Epilog -> Points@expdata is a good way too. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 13:21

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Show can help you, as in this example:

preMadePlot = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}]
  Plot[Sin[p x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}]
  ], {p, 1, 10}]
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much everyone! I was very close but misusing Show. Cheers! $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Sep 2, 2013 at 13:35

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