# 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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### Using PlotLegends with Show messes up the graphics

I have already obtained the plot that I want but am having trouble legending the graph correctly. ...
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### Why are my plots displaying behind the axes?

I need to create graphs with light gray axes and black lines. All of my plots display behind the axes. How can I make the plots display over the axes? ...
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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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### Collision of axes labels and ticks

Is there a way to prevent ugly collision of axes labels and axes number like in the following examples, without the need of adding white space: Plot1: ...
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### Arrows on axes in Plot3D

I use the following code to draw Arrows on Axes in 2D graphics: ...
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### Smoothing ListContourPlot contours

I have some data of type {{x1, y1, f1}, {x2, y2, f2}, ...} and want to do ListContourPlot. However, there is a problem that the ...
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### How to plot and find the volume of a solid?

How to plot and find the volume of the solid enclosed between the paraboloid z=5(x^2+y^2) and z=6-7x^2-y^2 And the answer of ...
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### Align plots with a shift

I've got three plots combined through Overlay: ...
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### How could I add arrows to the axis of a figure?

It is easy for me to add arrows to the axes of the a figure by taking advantage of AxesStyle -> Arrowheads[] when the differences between the horizontal and ...
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### Structure of Graphics (esp. those produced by Plot, ListPlot, etc.)

I'm looking for a description of the structure of Graphics objects, aimed at the advanced Mathematica programmer. The motivation for this question is the following....
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### Mapping multiple parameters of a function to specific values

I am a little bit confused by the documentation for Apply (@@). I want to define a list of parameters, for instance: ...
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### About number truncation of ticks display in ListPlot

In my problem, I need to plot a figure in a relatively small region of the $x$ axis, e.g., ...
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### How do I avoid the gaps introduced by a frame on a plot?

You can see that there are gaps on all sides of the plot between the frame and the extent of the line that I've plotted. How do I get rid of these? I'd like the frame to cover $[0,1]\times[0,1]$ and ...
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### Smooth 4D (3D + color) plot from discrete points

I have a file containing isosurface $\{x,y,z,F\}$ data (around 9000 points). My goal is to generate a smooth (NOT a discrete set of points!) colored surface using ...
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### Filling Between Curves [duplicate]

I want to fill in the region between the curves. So far I have this: Plot[{x + 7, 9 - x^2}, {x, 0, 1.5}, Filling -> {1 -> {2}}] But I want something like ...
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### Plotting a 3D list causes kernel to crash if x and y axes have vastly different scales

Bug introduced in 7.0.1 or earlier and fixed in 10.0.2 or earlier I have access to two versions of Mathematica, version 7.0.1 on Linux and version 8 on Windows. When I try the following two lines on ...
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### Unexpected grid Lines in ListPlot

Why is Mathematica plotting a horizontal line at $y=2$ in the following example: ListPlot[Table[i,{i,1,10}],Frame->True,GridLines->None] How to get rid of ...
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### Make a scatter plot from two lists

I have two lists of values xx = {0.1, 0.3, 0.35, 0.57, 0.88, 1.0} yy = {1.2, 3.5, 4.5, 7.8, 9.0, 12.2} I want to make a scatter plot (list plot) with xx as x ...
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### Plotting a contour on a torus

There are two ways to consider a two-dimensional torus. One way is to take a parallelogram (let's say the square $[0, 1]^2$) and topologically glue the opposite edges. Another way is to look at the ...
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### Fixing quirky typesetting in plot labels

Consider this example plot. Plot[ 1-Exp[-x], {x,0,3}, AxesLabel->{"thickness (μm)","power density (W/m^2)"} ] Let us hold the typographical quality of the ...
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Let's consider the following case ...
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### How to speed up the plot of NIntegrate?

Here is a toy example: f[t_] := NIntegrate[Sin[x], {x, 0, t}]; Plot[f[t], {t, 0, 10}] // Timing Even such a simple example will take 2.8 seconds on my computer. ...
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### Spherical density plot of data set

I have a somewhat large number of 3-dimensional unit vectors ( ~ 100 000 unit vectors), and I am trying to visualize their distribution. First thing I tried was ...
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### Mathematica envelope for the bottom of a plot, a generic function

I have the following set-up: xaxis = Table[x, {x, 0, 10, 0.01}]; yaxis = Table [Sin[x] + Abs[RandomReal[{-1, 1}]], {x, 0, 10, 0.01}]; ListLinePlot[Transpose[{ xaxis, yaxis}]] My questions is how can ...
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### Is there a way to make the tick marks larger?

In a Plot (actually, a Graphics) command, I'd like to make the actual tick marks larger than they are, but I can't find an ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Phase portrait on a cylinder

It is very nice and very easy to make a sketch of a phase portrait with StreamPlot. For example, for the classical pendulum, defined by \begin{eqnarray*} \dot x&...
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### Aligning axes labels on multiple plots

I'm trying to create some "publication quality" figures, but Mathematica is fighting me all the way. So my question is: Should I switch to Origin? Please help! Well, all joking aside: I'm trying to ...
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### More on combining 2d and 3d plots

This is a spin off/follow up to Can 2D and 3D plots be combined so that the 2D plot is the bottom surface of the 3D plot boundary? ... Following Sjoerd's method, I did this: ...
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### Set the same color scale across multiple ListContourPlots?

This is probably straightforward - but how would I set the same color scale across multiple ListContourPlots? if I have values from 10 to 25 on one ...
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### Calling Correct Function for Plotting DiracDelta

I am wondering what is the correct function in Mathematica to plot the true impulse function, better known as the DiracDelta[] function. When using this inside of a ...
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### How to draw the image of a circle under the action of a transformation of the phase flow?

How to draw the image of a circle $x^2+(y-1)^2<1/4$ under the action of a transformation of the phase flow for the equation $\dot{x}=y,\ \dot{y}=-\sin x$? Here $\dot{x}$ means $dx/dt$. Any help or ...
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### Trouble with fonts when exporting a 2D-plot to vector formats

I've set up my plot to look exactly how I like it. At least it does so on screen. Upon export though, only the bitmap formats look the same. For PDF and EPS, the FontSize seems to get ignored and the ...
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### Plot data from txt file?

I have data in file.txt which can be expressed by 20000x11 matrix. I do not want to import all of these data. How can I plot graph of the column 1 & column 4?
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### How can I create a rectangular graphic with curved edges?

I want to make some button shaped graphics that would essentially be a rectangular shape with curved edges. In the example below I have used Polygon rather than <...
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### Labeling points of intersection between plots

There are several answers where Mathematica used mesh points to show graphically where curve intersections exist. For example: Marking points of intersection between two curves or Is there a better ...
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### Moving polygon on path curve to create 3D shape

How can I move some polygon list = {{0, 0}, {0, 15}, {7, 13}, {2, 13}, {2, 5}, {5, 5}, {5, 3}, {2,3}, {2, 0}}; Graphics[{Black, Polygon[list]}] so it follow some ...
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### How can I manipulate the number of decimal places in the frame ticks?

Is there any simple way to increase or decrease the decimal places in the frame ticks. I want to make the y axis ticks of the first two and the second two graphs look similar.
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### Need 4D plot (3D + color for function) [duplicate]

I have a function f(x,y,z) of three variables and some constants: ...
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### How to obtain adaptive sampling as in Plot function?

Adaptive sampling in Plot function can capture the oscillation of a function with very few points. How can I get a similar sequence of point pairs without using <...
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### How to dynamically toggle curves on/off in a crowded Plot?

When multiple curves appear in a single plot, it is useful to interactively turn certain curves on or off to visually compare smaller numbers of curves. It is trivial to put a quick dynamic together, ...
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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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### Why does Plot3D omit parts of the surface at kinks?

When doing Plot3D[Max[p^2-q^2,0],{p,0,1},{q,-1,1},PlotStyle->White] the result looks like this (with Mathematica 8.0.0.0): As you can easily see, at the "...
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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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### Is it Possible to change dashes into circles with Plot command?

Is it possible to change the Dashed Style of a curve into circles with Plot command ? ...
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### How to reverse the direction of the y axes

I have a similar question to this one. Unfortunately, the answers there didn't help me. I would like to plot a simple function with the normal Plot function. ...