# Questions tagged [plotting]

Questions on creating visualizations from functions or data using high-level constructors such as Plot, ListPlot, Histogram, etc.

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### Plotting Error Bars on a Log Scale

I have a plot with ErrorListPlot ...
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### How to examine the structure of Graphics objects

One difficulty I'm encountering in studying the structure of Graphics objects is that I have not yet found a way to print or display such structures that are ...
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### Specific initial sample points for 3D plots

PlotPoints lets you determine how many sample points you want in each direction, but sometimes I want specific ones. For Plot ...
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### How to create a wind rose with Mathematica?

I am trying to plot wind rose in Mathematica, but have no idea how to do this. Any suggestions ?
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### Changing the background color of the framed region of a plot

I frequently generate framed plots like this: Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 π}, Frame -> True] Is there an easy way to change the background color of the framed ...
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### Plotting a Phase Portrait

I'm trying to plot a phase portrait for the differential equation $$x'' - (1 - x^2) x' + x = 0.5 \cos(1.1 t)\,.$$ The primes are derivatives with respect to $t$. I've reduced this second order ODE to ...
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### 3D heatmap density plot

I have a set of data that looks like {{x1, y1, z1}, {x2, y2, z2}, ...} so it describes points in 3D space. I want to make a heatmap out of this data. So that points ...
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### Trying to visualize the Collatz conjecture

I happen to have this collatz collatz[x_, y_] := If[x == 3*y || x == 2*y + 1 || y == 3*x || y == 2*x + 2, 2, 0] So i want a visual 3D adjacency graph of my ...
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### How to get StreamPlot to draw many hundreds of streamlines?

For artistic reasons, I want to draw an extremely dense StreamPlot with something like a thousand streamlines. I tried setting ...
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### Logarithmic scale in a DensityPlot and its legend

I was recently faced with the task of creating a DensityPlot with a logarithmic colour scale, and with providing it with an appropriate legend. Since I could not find any resources to this effect on ...
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### Drawing Clifford Attractors in Mathematica

I came upon the "Clifford Attractor" today, which are equations of the form: $$x_{n+1}=\sin(a\ y_n) + c \cos(x_n)$$ $$y_{n+1}=\sin(b\ x_n) + d \cos(y_n)$$ They create some incredible images by ...
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### How to plot planar graphs as such?

A planar graph is a graph that can be drawn in the plane such that no two edges cross. For example, the graph ...
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### No warning when extrapolating with Plot

One of the most annoying "features" of Mathematica is that the Plot family does extrapolation on InterpolatingFunctions without ...
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### Marking points of intersection between two curves

I'm trying to illustrate the solutions numerically and graphically for an equation such as Tan[x] == x. I think I did everything ok except I wanted to mark each ...
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### Visualize an irrational number

I would like to visualize an irrational number like the square root of 2 with Mathematica. I found this visualization of Pi in the internet and wonder how this ...
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### How to generate a picture like this?

How to generate a picture like the following (from Paolo Čerić's blog)? I'd like the surface of the manifold to randomly distort.
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### xkcdConvert routines perform slower in Mathematica 9

I am experiencing some rather large performance decreases in Mathematica version 9.0 using the xkcd-styled plotting routines. I had used the xkcdConvert code ...
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### Joining and interpolating data points

I wonder what is the best practice for interpolating curves? Usually, I'm using BSplineCurve and adjusting SplineWeights so it ...
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### How can I make points “glow”?

I have a set of points in the plane which I would like to have "glow". I would like for each point to glow individually and I would also like some increase in the intensity corresponding to an ...
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### ShowLegend values

How do I get ShowLegend to put the max and min values that a plot produces. for example, when using ListDensityPlot, with ...
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### What is wrong with triangle PlotMarkers in v.10.0.0?

Bug introduced in 10.0.0 and fixed in 10.0.1 In Mathematica 10.0.0 we have built-in graphical triangle PlotMarkers. Let us look closer on them: ...
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### Terrifying performance decrease for contour/density plots in v10.1 -> 10.3

Bug introduced in 10.3 and fixed in 10.3.1 I setup for download a test dataset at http://www.inrim.it/~magni/cm.dat.gz (a set of 64800 triplets x,y,z). The behavior can be reproduced with the ...
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### Plot a piecewise function with black and white disks marking discontinuities

Let's say I'd like to plot Sign[x + 0.5]: Plot[Sign[x + 0.5], {x, -1, 1}] Mathematica will give this: This plot does not ...
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### How can I plot implicit equations?

If you enter the following into Wolfram | Alpha, you get nice graphs: graph 4 x^4 + y^2 = 2 How do you do this in Mathmatica? I realize that these are not ...
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### Real Size Image Printing

I am generating a complicated graphics with Mathematica, but with objects of given sizes (e.g. a line of length 1 inch, between two points). I want to make sure that when I export the graphics, e.g. ...
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### Specifying non-conflicting PlotTheme options

A bug or limitation in 10.0.0 affects a few of these examples; it was resolved in 10.1.0. I am trying out Mathematica 10 on https://programming.wolframcloud.com. ...
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### How to generate image like QR code with Mathematica

How to generate such form of QR code which displays an image itself but is still scan-able?
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### How to implement the sample-point process like the built-ins of Mathematica?

Consider this: pts = {{0, 0}, {1, 1}, {2, -1}, {3, 0}, {4, -2}, {5, 1}}; f = BSplineFunction[pts] I can use ParametricPlot to ...
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### How does Plot work?

I considered the following function: sin[x_] := Module[{}, Print["x=", x]; Sin[x] ] in Mathematica. Next, I tried to plot it using: ...
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### How to make a 3D topographic globe?

I've made some attempt with this dataset of elevation. But I have some trouble with ListSurfacePlot3D, which can not show the globe correctly: And I've checked ...
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### How can I save both the plot and the legend together?

In this example, how can I put the legend inside the graph? Currently, when I save the graph, only the graph is saved, not the legend. ...
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### Visual representation of a Ranking over time (image provided)

[Disclaimer: I initially posted this question on stackOverflow 2 months ago and think it might be better suited for this forum (link to original question)] The graph below shows a ranking of ...
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### Consistent Plot Styles across multiple MMA files and data sets

I am starting to write a thesis for which I want to use MMA for all my plotting needs, mostly because a lot of the basic analysis has been done there. To ensure that I am applying styles consistently (...
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### Remove tick labels, but retain tick marks in RegionPlot (and related functions)

I would like to remove the numbering on the axes of the following RegionPlot. I would like to keep the tick marks but drop the numbering, I haven't figured out how ...
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### Flipping axis on a plot

I want to make a 2D plot where the x-axis is flipped so the higher numbers are on the right and lower numbers are on the left. I've managed to do it by flipping the data and making new ...
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### Show density plot on a geographic map

I have a bunch of data points in the form of {latitude, longitude}. How can I plot their density on a US map? Single points on the map do not clearly show their ...
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### Plotting large datasets

I have a lot of data (e.g., 64x8192), to plot and it consumes too much memory (more than 2 GB) causing Mathematica to return "no memory available". For example, ...
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### I'd like to display field lines for a point charge in 3 dimensions

I'd like to display field lines for a point charge in 3 dimensions. Not a force field (short arrows) but continuous field lines that start on the charge.
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### How to Make a Sankey Diagram

I have two lists start = {{1},{1},{1},{2},{3},{1}} end = {{1},{2},{2},{3},{3},{1}} And I want to create a Sankey diagram. Which looks something like So, ...
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### Can Mathematica produce manipulatable 3D plots for deployment on the web?

I have a 3D plot I produced in Mathematica and I would like to share it with the world in a way that allows my audience to rotate it and interact with it in the broadest possible way. I would like ...
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### Plot Option Precedence while combining Plots with Show[]

I like to build sophisticated plots by combining simpler ones with Show[]. Typically this involves setting non-default Plot-Options with the different Plot-Commands,...
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### Save as pdf broken in version 10.0.2?

Fixed in 10.1 It looks like the save as pdf is broken after I update to version 10.0.2. The labels in the plot become a mess. Are there ways to fix it? The Export ...
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Since PolarPlot doesn't support Filling, what is the best way to shade or fill the a region between two polar curves? For ...
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### Plotting several functions

I'd like to plot a function of one real and one integer variable, but I don't want them all shown in the same 2-D plot - I'd like to see them as separate curves so I can see both "axes", more like how ...
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### How do I draw a Circular Graph colored like this in Mathematica?

I must plot some data in radians and would like to use this image as a background to that graph. Although it looks good, the lines are degraded in image form; thus, the reason for this question. Can ...
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### Scale Insetted Characters to Plot

I am trying to place a curly brace within a plot such that the top/bottom of the curly brace line up with two horizontal lines in the plot: I have not been able to find a way to make the curly brace ...
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### Make legend same height as plot

One common style for density plots is to have a vertical legend that is the same height as the plot itself. Some example density plots from Google Image search: How can we make DensityPlots with ...
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### Place a small gap between axes and plot?

See for example this picture produced with R: You can see there is a small white space between the x-axis and the y-axis, so that the axes do not cross. How can I do this with Mathematica, for a <...