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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

Adding a plot to a paper using LaTeX

As promised in the Introduction to this chapter, here is a recipe where you will need more than gnuplot to carry it out. This example assumes that you have a working LaTeX installation, including several common packages. For most people using gnuplot in the production of scientific or technical documents, this is a fairly safe assumption, as LaTeX is the preeminent platform for demanding technical typesetting. If you do not have LaTeX available or are unfamiliar with its workings, then this section might serve as an advertisement and, along with the next several recipes, provide a survey of what you can do when you get LaTeX and gnuplot working together. In the following figure, we have a section of what might be a gnuplot tutorial, showing a paragraph of text and a graph:

The graph was produced by gnuplot and saved in its own file. Then a LaTeX document was created that referenced this file and put it together with the typeset paragraph. Therefore, we...