I have a set of data points in a two dimensional space and would like to create a density heat map of the points that looks smooth, similar to the picture below which I produced in MATLAB. Darker regions have a higher concentration of points and vice verse. How can this be done with TikZ? Density Heat Map

  • Can you show us what you've tried so far? – Paul Gessler Apr 5 '14 at 3:06
  • Could you please add MWE of your try or at least the data that solvers could start playing with? – Malipivo Apr 5 '14 at 5:43
  • Addition of many shaded transparent balls? – hpekristiansen Apr 5 '14 at 6:04

Here is my best attempt so far:

\tikzfading[name=fade out, inner color=transparent!70, outer color=transparent!100]
  \fill[black,path fading=fade out] (#1,#2) circle (1);
    \node at (#1,#2) {+};
\foreach \i in {0,...,200}{%


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