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gnuplot Cookbook

By : Lee Phillips
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gnuplot Cookbook

By: Lee Phillips

Overview of this book

gnuplot is the world's finest technical plotting software, used by scientists, engineers, and others for many years. It is in constant development and runs on practically every operating system, and can produce output in almost any format. The quality of its 3d plots is unmatched and its ability to be incorporated into computer programs and document preparation systems is excellent. gnuplot Cookbook ñ it will help you master gnuplot. Start using gnuplot immediately to solve your problems in data analysis and presentation. Quickly find a visual example of the graph you want to make and see a complete, working script for producing it. Learn how to use the new features in gnuplot 4.4. Find clearly explained, working examples of using gnuplot with LaTeX and with your own computer programming language. You will master all the ins and outs of gnuplot through gnuplot Cookbook. You will learn to plot basic 2d to complex 3d plots, annotate from simple labels to equations, integrate from simple scripts to full documents and computer progams. You will be taught to annotate graphs with equations and symbols that match the style of the rest of your text, thus creating a seamless, professional document. You will be guided to create a web page with an interactive graph, and add graphical output to your simulation or numerical analysis program. Start using all of gnuplot's simple to complex features to suit your needs, without studying its 200 page manual through this Cookbook.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
gnuplot Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Finding Help and Information

Setting the label size

The default font size for labels and titles in gnuplot looks a little small with most terminals. For example, the labels can be hard to read from the back rows of an auditorium during a presentation. We now show how to adjust the font size, and how to select the font for labels and titles.

How to do it…

Most terminals accept a font and size specification in the set terminal command. To find out about the terminal you are using, just type help set term terminal, substituting the name of the terminal. For example, if you are using the PostScript terminal, typing help set term postscript provides a wealth of information on all the options accepted by the PostScript terminal, including the syntax for the font and size specifications. The following commands show how to produce the plot with all labels set in Courier at 18 pt:

set term postscript landscape "Courier, 18"
set output ''
set yrange [-1.5:1.5]
set xrange [0:6.3]
set ytics nomirror
set y2tics 0,.1