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pgfplots: wrong domain, wrong axis, uncentered graph… is it a bug?

Question I get a very strange graph with pgfplots, see the picture below. What is going wrong? Code and picture \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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how to draw plots without data in tikz?

I want to draw this plot. I know how to do it with data. But here I don't have any data. And I want to draw this. How would I do it?
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Tikz plots distorted mark

Consider the following code: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{plotmarks} \begin{document} \tikz{\draw (0,0) -- plot[mark=o] (0.5,0) -- (1,0);} \end{document} It seems ...
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How can I display tick marks on only one axis of a pgfplots graph?

How can I display tick marks on only one axis of a pgfplots graph? Here is some simple code to work with: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} ...
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Huge table/matrix with colored boxes

I have a huge CSV file with about 25.5k records that (structurally) looks like the sample below. In essence, I want to display the values of the columns U,V,W,X,Y,Z of each row as a colored box. The ...
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Problem with a TikZ/Geogebra plot of an exponential function (even if using CVS version definition)

I wanted to graph the function f(x)=(-1+4x^2)*e^2 in a coordinate system. Using "Export Graphics View as pgf/TikZ" in Geogebra I got the following code (here shown after I did some minor changes ...
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How to generate stem plots with TikZ like stem() in Matlab?

Given a set of (x,y) coordinates stored in a file, how could I generate a stem plot from those coordinates? I would like to achieve something similar as the matlab's stem function: ...
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How to project a function over a 3D plane

When I looked up the method to express two variable functions as a sequence of intersecting horizontal planes, I thought to use PGFplots to construct a simple set of "slices" of a generic function ...
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Pgfplots contour gnuplot crazy labels

This is driving me mad. I am tryng to create some contour plots, but I get them full of labels, so that they are unreadable! I can't even see the lines or read the values because they are too much. I ...
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Plotting several 2d curves (with different colors) in a 3d graph

I'm trying to reproduce 3D plots with several 2d curves, like in Plotting several 2D functions in a 3D graph. The end result looks like this: The questions are: I would like to change X labels ...
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How to speed up a large plot?

I have a large plot. It is a big file and it renders slowly. What is the best method to slim it down without loosing to much of its visual properties ? I know that PDF and PS support cubic splines. ...
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proper tool for charts in tex

I have scanned data graphics in a large ms written in TeX (of course). For copyright reasons I need to redraw these. My publisher may (sadly) decide not to use my source directly, so will need access ...
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Is there a better way to display this information? [closed]

I have drawn this picture in tikz. Is there a more visually pleasing and intuitively appealing way of displaying this information? I feel what I have drawn is dull and boring. I have to include more ...
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Plotting the Cantor function

I would like to know if there is an (easy?) way of plotting the Cantor function (devil's staircase) using LaTeX. Doing it manually with TikZ seems like madness somehow and my knowledge of plotting ...
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Weird result plotting sin(x) using tikz/pgf [duplicate]

Trying to plot the sin(x) function, I get this result: The MWE is here: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{ pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis} ...
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tikz/pgfplot — always same distance between marks

Is there a way to get for all tikz-plots in one LaTeX document the same distance between the plot marks, ie the distance between the marks should be independent of sample size. It would be really ...
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Why does a plot of a reciprocal function using pgfplots look wrong?

I am trying to plot the function 1/x^2 but the result is obviously wrong, here is how it looks like here is the code \begin{center} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[ %xlabel=$x$, ...
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How can I draw dirac deltas with arrow heads with pgfplots

I would like to draw this in pgfplots: I've tried this, but I can't figure out how to get the arrowheads. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Easy creation of logarithmic grid with TikZ

Is it possible to create a logarithmic grid using the command below with TikZ? \draw (-0.1,-0.1) grid (4.1,4.1); It would be great to be able to create a logarithmic grid without having to specify ...
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Which plotting tool is more likely to stay stable in the basics: MetaPost, PStricks or pgfplots?

I have been looking at the three (major ?) tools---MetaPost, PStricks or pgfplots for plotting data together with LaTeX. My experience is this: MetaPost code can demand lots of lines for simple ...
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Why must the independent variable of a function to be plotted be a macro in TikZ?

Consider the following code (taken from Jake's answer) and focus on the variable of the function to be plotted. \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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How can I plot the F distribution

I wish to plot the F distribution by declaring its density function. However with the following code I get an error saying that fdst has not been declared: \documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone} ...
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Comparison of pgf plotting packages

I know three ways to do function plots based on the TikZ/pgf package: TikZ/pgf directly pgfplots tkz-fct Which of those options is the most powerful? Why? Can you give typical cases where one ...
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Tangents to a circle from a point outside of it (tikz)

I'm trying to plot in TikZ the two tangents to a fixed circle passing through a given point. In some details, given an arbitrary circle centered at C with with radius r, and a point P outside of the ...
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Plotting 3-dimensional Sets

I am using MikTex and Texworks with pgfplots to try and plot 3 and 2-dimensional sets Could some of you nice fellas help me out? I am trying to plot: I can print out the page and draw per hand ...
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Calculate function with integers as input and plotting

I'd like to plot the function 1/2*x(x+1) in for integer values ranging from 3 to 20 and in particular I'd like the function to be plotted in those points. I have managed to create the following graph ...
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How to draw this particular Mexican hat potential?

I know there are some other mexican hat questions here, but none of the answers seems complete to me. I would like to draw the following figure with TikZ with similar axis and labeling. How can one do ...
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How to plot a discontinuous function curve and diagram of Markov chain with TikZ?

Please apologize my ingnorance of tips to use for asking questions. I would like to realise the plots and the diagram like those shown on page 158, 160 and 161 on this document Chaine de ...
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Center nodes near coords in a stacked ybar plot

I'm trying to center the node values, at the middle of each bar, in a stacked plot. However I can only put those nodes in the top of each bar. Is it possible to move those down? To the center of each ...
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Graph showing functions over the same x and y ranges

I want to draw functions and have used this code. But I don't like to give every function a separate domain, I want to say this function has ymax=4 and ymin=-3. Who can help me? ...
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How to draw dash-dotted curves using MetaPost?

Is it possible to (easily) draw dash-dotted curves in MetaPost, i.e. curves that alternate between a dash and a dot? For either dashed or dotted curves, I use the draw command and end it with dashed ...
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Draw outside axis with pgfplots

I have the following diagram, and would like to extend the red line so it crosses the axes and goes on for a bit at the start and the end like in the second picture, but I would like the red and blue ...
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How can I place numbers into marks of a plot?

I have the following plot with this latex-source: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{plotmarks} %%%< \usepackage{verbatim} \usepackage[active,tightpage]{preview} ...
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TikZ doesn't find all intersections between plot and a line

Why doesn't TikZ find all intersections. They are obviously there … \documentclass[border=10mm]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{intersections} \begin{document} ...
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tikz: plot stepped gauss

I need to plot a stepped gauss curve as shown below. Yet I want to do this dynamically (in text) so I can alter it later. I know how to plot a smooth gauss but I really need the stepped one. Also a ...
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Color and legend for 3d surface

I'm trying to plot a 3d surface using pgfplots and this is what I have done so far: \usepgfplotslibrary{patchplots} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[% width=12cm,height=12cm, xlabel={$J_1$}, ...
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error bar colors in scatter plot

A data file contains four columns: x, y, error on y, class. class is an integer which I feed to scatter src so i get a graph that has different colors for different classes. However, the error bars ...
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Tikz: Correct arrows at the end of parametric curves?

\documentclass[11pt]{amsart} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} [scale=4] \draw[domain=0:0.4, smooth, variable=\t, samples=200, ->] plot({(1/sqrt(2)*(\t-\t^3)}, ...
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Create a Shmoo plot with pgfplots/tikz

I'm interested in creating a Shmoo-plot using LaTeX. I have looked through the PGFplot-examples but couldn't find any that looked suitable as a starting template. Google produces nothing as well, and ...
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How to plot f(x)=sin(x), k(x)=cos(x) and u(x)=x² with TikZ

How can we plot the following three functions f(x) = sin(x) k(x) = cos(x) u(x) = x² for x ∈ [0,1] on a single plot with the help of TikZ?
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Rindler coordinate chart (family of parametric curves) in TikZ

Is it possible to make a plot like this with TikZ or other drawing packages? This plot visualizes a two parameter family of curves, given by T = x Sinh(t) X = x Cosh(t) The pink curves are ...
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Error: “Dimension too large…” when plotting EXPONENTIALS with TikZ

Despite having read answers to 4-5 relate questions, I still can't get why my code does not compile. Here it is: \documentclass[11pt,twoside]{book} \usepackage[paperheight=24cm, paperwidth=35cm, ...
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drawing smooth path through symmetric points, gives non symmetric curve

I want to make a graphic going through some points. I've choose the points symmetric, to have a symmetric curve, but the curve is not. I could define some extra points, but their must be a better ...
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Proper way to change axis in plot tikz

I am trying to reconstruct the image below in tikz, and I think I have done a fairly decent job. The problem is that my code is a mess. Is there any simple clean way to produce this image? My ...
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How to draw 3d vector field on a line?

How to draw 3d vector field on a line? I want to visualize the vector field $( m_x(x), m_y(x), m_z(x) )$. After searching "visualize vector field", I find that most plotting software either plotting ...
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tikz plot of two sine waves, showing the phase difference

What I am trying to achieve here is to plot two sine waves, and with some dotted lines on the peaks showing a \Delta t in the middle, as the phase difference. Any help appreciated.
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Plotting a straight line to the peak point of a graph

For the MWE below: \documentclass{report} \usepackage[left=2.5cm,right=2cm,top=2cm,bottom=2cm]{geometry} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Draw angle between two lines in a circle

I'm trying to draw an angle between two lines. I have this code so far, but i cant draw a angle. How do I do it? I'm using PGF/TikZ. \begin{figure} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[ ...
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Plot basic complex transformation in LaTeX

I want to first draw a shaded region on a xy-plane: 0≤x 0≤y≤π and then the image of the above region mapped onto a uv-plane by the transformation f=exp(z), i.e. the shaded region: ...
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pgfplots: how to set default number of samples?

For most of the functions I have to plot with \addplot of pgfplots, I have to set [samples=200] to make them look smooth enough. I was wondering if there is some option to set the default sample ...