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gnuplot Cookbook

By : Lee Phillips
Book Image

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

Making an interactive plot for the Web [new]

gnuplot's new canvas terminal allows us to include a graph in a web page with some interactive widgets:

Getting ready

As before, in order to see the results of this recipe, you will need a decently modern graphical web browser, in this case with JavaScript enabled (which it will most likely be by default, if you have not disabled it or installed a script-blocking extension). This recipe depends on gnuplot at least at version 4.4; the canvas terminal that we'll be using in this recipe is a new feature in gnuplot.

The HTML file created by the use of this recipe will refer to three JavaScript files and one CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) file that were installed on your machine when gnuplot was installed. These are called gnuplot_common.js, gnuplot_mouse.js, canvastext.js, and gnuplot_mouse.css. Usually, especially on a Unix-type operating system, you will find these files in /usr/local/share/gnuplot/4.4/js. It is probably most convenient for you to copy...