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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

Assembling a document using epslatex

If you have the tikz terminal available, you will most likely want to use it in situations such as those in the previous recipe, where you want to incorporate the results of the TeX typographical engine into your plots.

If tikz support happens not to be compiled into your version of gnuplot, you can achieve the same results using the older epslatex terminal. This is almost always available; you can check by typing set term and perusing the resulting long list of output devices that gnuplot knows about.

Using the tikz terminal for these purposes may lead to a simpler workflow, as it produces a TeX file that can be processed with pdflatex to produce a PDF file directly. This is what most people want to do most of the time, now that PDF has become the de facto standard for technical and scientific documents.

The epslatex terminal was designed for an earlier age when the only graphics format that could be included in LaTeX documents was encapsulated PostScript...