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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


The tremendous utility and flexibility of gnuplot is due in large part to its essential nature as a command-line program. This allows it to be controlled by scripts or with text sent through a pipe or socket, which opens up an unlimited horizon of interoperability. gnuplot can be used from within any programming language, using either a custom interface or through the general method of writing to a socket. Indeed, it is the flexibility of a textual interface that is largely responsible for the enduring popularity of gnuplot among programmers, scientists, and other demanding technical users.

However, there are milieus for which it can be an advantage or a requirement to wed the superior technical graphing abilities of gnuplot with a graphical user interface or GUI. Some of these situations might include using gnuplot as a back end for an interactive web page that produces graphs in response to user input. We might also want to make gnuplot output available to people who use it...