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Draw a bivariate normal distribution in TikZ

For a small class I want to draw a bivariate normal distribution and show where the means from the two variables meet in the space. Has anyone done this in TikZ?
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3D bodies in TikZ

Is there like a library that has default geometric figures like the ones shown below. Am not acquainted yet with 3D diagrams in TikZ.
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Drawing simple 3D cylinders in TikZ

I'm trying to draw some simple 3D objects in TikZ. I can do spheres and cuboids okay, but I'm struggling with circular cylinders: When rotating the scene (I use tikz-3dplot for this), the end faces ...
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3D helix torus with hidden lines

How can I generate the above image using TikZ (possibly other methods will work if they produce better looking results)? I would like to have a nicely shaded (not so dark image) without gridlines ...
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What is the easiest way to draw 3D cube with TikZ?

I'm trying to find the easiest way to draw a 3D cube (it's for my UML diagram) with TikZ. Could you please give an example? Like this:
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Draw an aircraft with Tikz

I want to draw a plane using the Tikz tool. You will find, attached, a screenshot.
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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Creating Bezier surfaces using procedural graphics

Are there any package for LaTeX that can create Bezier surfaces? I mean a actual existing function that takes matrices as arguments and generates the surface, not a function written by myself.
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Drawing polyhedra using TikZ with semi-transparent and shading effect

I would like to draw an Octahedron using TikZ, I found nowhere to start, I tried drawing 6 points and then connecting them properly, but this method gives no 3D feel at all, this is my drawing: ...
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Draw a prism in TikZ or PSTricks

Is there a way to define an polygon in plane and output an (orthogonal) prism with that polygon as its base? The prism should be drawn in 3D in parallel oblique perspective with controllable height h, ...
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PGFplots 3d: Creating a filled solid of revolution

I have searched through the internet for a solution, but since I'm not that skilled with pgfplots, I need your help. For several examples I want to draw solids of revolution, but filled ones. I ...
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Plotting several 2d functions in a 3d graph

I am trying to reproduce a similar figure to the following one. My first guess was to use pgfplots but I didn't find any example that I could use as a starting point. At the moment I am unsure if ...
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How to plot a surface from a set of data?

Disclaimer: I already read questions like 2D surface on a 3D surface plot external data in a file and 3D surface plots in TikZ but these did not solve my problem. I have this set of data: x y ...
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How can I draw an arc from point A -> B on a 3D sphere in TikZ?

I'm basing myself on http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/spherical-and-cartesian-grids/ and now I need to add a arc from point P to Q. What I was able to get so far: ...
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pgfplots: labels and width issues in non-boxed 3d plot with oblique projection

Update april 2013 The bug has been fixed with pgfplots version 1.8 (requires \pgfplotsset{compat=1.8}). When I try to add the axes labels to this code, I get a division by zero error. I think the ...
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How to project text onto a plane?

I'm trying to create the impression that the text "slice" in the example below is written on the cube slice. What is the best solution? To slant the text? \documentclass{standalone} ...
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How to draw a “Mexican hat potential” using 3dplot?

I would like to make a Mexican hat potential (like this one from Wikipedia) drawing through TikZ, and I am sure the function to use is straightforward, but I have not managed to find the right ...
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Drawing 3D crystal lattice with tikz/pstricks

I need to draw 3D lattice of DO3 type (Ni-Mn-Al, DO3) and more complex ones. Both TiKZ and PSTricks packages draw following objects on top of previously drawn disregarding "real" 3D position. For ...
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Drawing Axis Grid in 3D with Custom Unit Vectors

I am trying to adjust the unit vectors for each of the axis, and draw a coordinate grid. I can get it to work without specifying the unit vectors, of specifying it as: x={(1.0cm,0.0cm)}, ...
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pgfplots: Color a 3D surf plot based on y-value

I'm not sure if things have changed since version 1.7, but this is the closest thing I could find. I'm wondering if there's an easier way to use the y-value with a colormap to determine the color, or ...
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Helix on a cylinder

I want to plot geodesics on a cylinder. These are straight lines, circles or helices. I can plot the first two, but I don't know how to draw the helices. To be precise, I would like to know how to ...
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Perspective transform

The following piece of eye candy: was produced using the following code: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{shapes.arrows} \usetikzlibrary{shadows.blur} ...
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How to draw spherical geometries with TeX?

I am working in the field of Astrodynamics and have to do many computations using spherical geometry. To visualize some of the concepts I would like to prepare drawings of things like spherical ...
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Drawing a 3D cone

I want to create some thing like this , but instead of a box, I use another object (a dog silhouette). Here is what I have so far \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{scope}[scale=0.25, xshift=70, ...
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3D Arrow Tips for TikZ/pgfplots

I really like the arrow tips shown in How to get rid of the viewer's (incorrect) axes in an Asymptote 3D graphics and am wondering how to produce this in pgfplots: I admit I have not tried ...
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3d axis and polyhedron with line segment towards origin

I would like to make a 3d plot containing the 3d axis and a convex polyhedron or better a Dodecahedron on the positive side for which one of its boundary edge points on its top is annotated e.g. ...
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Drawing the contour of a 3d torus

I would like to draw a torus, like the one on the question How to draw a torus, with a 3d package. I would like to avoid drawing the torus in 2d with inkscape (or directly with tikz) because I will ...
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2D surface on a 3D surface plot external data in a file

I am drawing a 3D surface from external data. Here they are: 0 0 -0.64 1 0 -0.5 2 0 -0.4 3 0 -0.31 4 0 -0.23 5 0 -0.2 6 0 -0.24 7 0 -0.32 8 0 -0.42 9 0 -0.59 10 0 -0.76 0 1 -0.54 1 1 -0.4 2 1 -0.27 ...
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Cut-off cone in TikZ

How would I draw the following cone using TikZ? I have no clue how to incorporate the "cut-off". I want to draw a picture of the cone given by the points (y, t) for y in R^d and t in (0, infty) such ...
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How to draw a circular cone

I want to draw the circular cone given by the equation z²=x²+y². (I do not mind using any given package.) I tried to use the pst-solides3d package with the help of its manual to generate the ...
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Navigation system coordinates in tikz-3dplot

I am using tikz-3dplot and trying to represent navigation system transformations. In navigation systems, the orientation of the vehicle axis is given in terms of Roll, Pitch and Yaw. These are ...
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pgfplots: color a (3D) surf using arbitrary RGB colors

I would like to color a surf using arbitrary RGB colors (unlike this question, which just colors the surf using the colormap). In this minimal example (which plots the x+y function), I would like the ...
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Draw a 3D diamond structure

I want to draw a 3D diamond crystal structure. The point where I struggle is quite in the beginning to draw connecting 3D rods: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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Drawing 3D cylinder

I need to draw a lot of 3D cylinders with different dimensions. Has anyone maybe already defined a command like \3Dcylinder{x}{y}{z}? I found 3D bodies in TikZ and tried the third answer. But I don't ...
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Is there any way to remove mesh lines completely in a pgfplots faceted 3d plot?

I can not seem to find the way to remove the lines in the surface mesh in a 3d faceted plot. I need a solution that does not use the "shader=interp" (i.e. gradient filling) so that the faces are ...
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PDF file containing 3D object is not included correctly with \includegraphics

I have a PDF file, containing a 3D object in PRC format. I try to include this into a LaTeX document to be compiled with pdflatex, with the simple source below: \documentclass{minimal} ...
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spherical coordinates in tikz 3d

Can we specify direction in spherical coordinates? I know we can do polar (angle:radius) but what is we are using tikz-3d and want to specify (r, theta, phi) where theta is the azimuthal angle?
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Elliptic Moebius map on sphere using Tikz

I'm trying to adapt this example from texample to produce a sphere with arrows indicating the effect of a elliptic Moebius map. In fact, I'm trying to redraw the spheres below, but for a while I'm ...
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Projection of Circle onto Spherical Surface

I want to draw shapes looks like 15 degrees tilted-semi-sphere and there are circles, placed in a triangular shaped array, on the base area. Then these circles are projected onto surface of sphere. ...
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Tikz: intersection of line and plane

I am struggling with drawing a plane and a intersecting line. I would like to have the line C,P',P in the image, disappear if it is "behind" the plane and have it reappear if it is not behind the ...
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Drawing a circle on a non xy-plane with TikZ

Say I'm drawing a 3D picture. Now I would like to draw a circle, perspectively correct, on the yz-plane, but TikZ does not seem to be capable of this. All one can do is drawing circles on the ...
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Help creating solid cylinders along a path in Tikz for crystal lattice diagram

I am trying to draw a diagram using Tikz that will show the crystalline lattice structure of diamond. It should look like the following illustration (reference). I have managed to figure out the ...
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TikZ: two ellipses in different planes

How can show that two ellipses are in different planes? \documentclass[convert = false, border = 1cm]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Intersection of 2 surface plots in pgfplots

My question is pretty much a duplicate of this one. I'd like pgfplots to display the intersection between tho surface plots properly. Unfortunately, my function is quite different from the one in the ...
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pgfplots: 3D surface plot from data with free format

I want to plot 3D data from a file (data file) using pgfplots. The data represents an ellipsoid. I want to draw the outer shell like in the following picture, just without the background and in ...
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How can we draw a 3D Christmas gift box, with TikZ?

In the spirit of How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ? Can you draw a 3D Christmas gift box with as many details as possible(bow tie, elevated lid/bow, patterned wrapping ...
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How to draw an Euler angle rotation sequence with TikZ?

For some lecture notes I want to illustrate successive unit axis rotations using Euler angles. I am quite happy with what I came up with so far: However, I am failing at drawing the angles in ...
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Big data surface plots: Call gnuplot from tikz to generate bitmap and include automatically?

Motivation I have large numerical data files, that I would like to create density (surface) plots of. Since they are very big, we can rule out a few possibilities such as to plot them directly with ...
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polytopes as inequalities sistem solutions in R3 (x-y-z) cartesian space

i'm here to ask if there's a TikZ/pgf support to draw areas resulting from a system of linear inequalities, into a xyz cartesian space. i found examples of my needs for xy plan at How to plot polygon ...
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How to get rid of the viewer's (incorrect) axes in an Asymptote 3D graphics

I have an Asymptote graph of a 3D surface (code below) that I export into 3D PDF file (containing PRC). I include nice axes with LaTeX labels on them, but in addition to these the viewer displays very ...