While experimenting with PGFPlots, I found out a little weird issue:

I want to plot the function given by f(x) = 2^x, so I type:

        \begin{axis}[   axis x line = center,
                        axis y line = center,
                        xmin = 0,
                        xmax = 4,
                        xlabel = {$x$},
                        ylabel = {$y$},
                        ticks = none,

            \addplot[   smooth,
                        domain = 0:3]
                plot (\x,{2^(\x)});

Which results in: enter image description here

At first, I am happy the code works but upon a closer look, I realize that PGF says f(0)= 2^0 = 0, which is obviously wrong, as it should be 1. I tried to play with the parenthesis in the line:

    plot (\x,{2^(\x)});

But it didn't work. What could be causing this? I have suspected that it's some kind of scaling issue (as if the plot was zoomed out a lot), since I used the width=6cm option, but removing that doesn't seem to solve it. Any suggestions?

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    put the ticks back on and you'll see and then add ymin=0 – percusse Mar 19 '16 at 4:18

As percusse already mentioned in his comment this is because of the combination of options you have (not) used, i.e. providing ticks=none but not setting ymin. Turning back on the ticks and/or setting ymin will show you, that PGFPlots calculates the right values.

Also I want to note that you can simplify the equation you give to the \addplot handler. "Your version" is mainly used for parametric plots.

            axis x line=center,
            axis y line=center,
            ymin=0,         % <-- added
%           ticks = none,
        % original version
            \addplot []                          (\x,{2^(\x)});
        % simplified version
            \addplot+ [only marks,mark size=1pt] {2^x};

image showing the result of above code

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    plot is also not needed – percusse Mar 19 '16 at 6:49
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    @percusse, of course. I think I never use the "normal plot" handler, so I just forgot ;). Many thanks for the hint. I have updated my answer. – Stefan Pinnow Mar 19 '16 at 6:58
  • I'm really new to PGFPlots, so I wasn't aware these options were necessary to better build the plot. One question about your simplified version: What does the + after \addplot do? Also, why are you using [only marks, mark size = 1pt]? – Guilherme Vargas Mar 19 '16 at 13:23
  • @GuilhermeVargas, the + says that the following options should be appended to the default style of this plot; that is why for example the color is still red. Otherwise only the applied options are used for the plot. I added the options so that for that plot no line is drawn between the points (only marks) and I set the size of the markers, as the name suggests. – Stefan Pinnow Mar 19 '16 at 13:28
  • @GuilhermeVargas, if you are new to PGFPlots, I suggest reading/doing the tutorials (see chapter 3 in the manual). There you will learn a lot of the basics. Have fun !! – Stefan Pinnow Mar 19 '16 at 13:31

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