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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

Putting a box around the legend

This recipe is a simple modification of the previous one, but gets its own section because the legend in the box is such a popular style (for better or worse).

How to do it…

Replace the highlighted set key command in the previous recipe with the following two commands:

set key spacing 3 font "Helvetica, 14"
set key box lt -1 lw 2

How it works…

The new command is in the second line. set key box tells gnuplot to draw a box around the legend; this is followed by two specifications for the type of line from which the box will be drawn. In the previous command, we have used abbreviations: lt stands for linetype, and a linetype of -1 yields a solid black line in the PostScript terminal. lw stands for linewidth; lw 2 is one step up from the default lw 1, and makes the box more prominent.