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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

Creating presentation slides with incrementally displayed graphs

Some explanation of the title of this recipe is in order. In ancient times, we gave presentations by putting sheets of plastic on "overhead projectors". We tended to put a great deal of information on each slide, as it was cumbersome to change them. Now that we plug computers into projectors and effortlessly flip back and forth through our slides, it is easier on the eyes to keep each slide relatively uncluttered and focused on a single idea.

One technique that aids this style of presentation is to create a kind of animation by having a series of slides where most of the content remains the same while one or two elements vary, focusing attention on the information conveyed by the changing elements. It gives the impression of an animation because the changing pieces can appear to move relative to the static content if the slides are changed quickly. This type of presentation is easy to create with gnuplot and the LaTeX beamer...