I am using latexmk trying to use the code below to graph a convex function:

 \documentclass[x11names, svgnames, border=3pt]{standalone}
\def\f{(x-1)^2/2 + 0.1}


\psset{unit=2.5cm, algebraic, plotstyle=curve, plotpoints=500,arrowinset=0.125, arrowsize=3pt, linejoin=1,labelsep =2pt}
    \psaxes[linecolor=blue, ticks=none, labels=none, arrows=->](0,0)(-0.2,- 0.2)(3.2, 2.4)%
    \psset{linestyle=dashed, dash =3pt 2pt, linewidth=0.5pt,dotstyle=o}
    \uput[ur](0,1.36){$Lf(u) + (1-L)f(v)$}
    \psCoordinates(*0.4 {\f})
    \uput[ur](0,0.275){$ f(u)$}\uput [d](0.4,0){$\vphantom{()}u$}
    \psCoordinates(*2.2 {\f})
    \uput[ur](0,0.82){$ f(Lu + (1-L)v)$}\uput [d](2.2,0){$Lu + (1-L)v$}
    \psCoordinates(*2.8 {\f})
    \uput[ur](0,1.72){$ f(v)$}\uput [d](2.8,0){$\vphantom{()}v$}
    \psset{linestyle=none, dotstyle=o, linecolor=red} 
    \psCoordinates(*0.4 {\f})
    \psCoordinates(*2.2 {\f})
    \psCoordinates(*2.8 {\f})


I get the following error:

/usr/local/texlive/2017/texmf-dist/tex/generic/pst-plot/pst-plot.tex:12: Undefined control sequence. [    \psplot]

Could anyone let me know what I'm missing? I'm guessing it's package related.

Also I found this code in this thread (How one can draw a convex function?).

  • I updated it for clarity, but the compile error is unrelated to that. – Zak Fischer Sep 25 '18 at 2:30
  • Sorry I should have said I got the same compile error even changing the squared. So perhaps it is a problem, but it was bombing on the error message in my post first. – Zak Fischer Sep 25 '18 at 2:45
  • I am using latexmk and it is not working. Marmot, can you try with latexmk and see if you get an error? thanks for your help!! – Zak Fischer Sep 25 '18 at 2:48
  • Just to summarize: After you removed the ` ²` our code compiled fine with xelatex and also your newest version does. latexmk doesn't seem to do anything. Does one have to call it with an option such as remake? – marmot Sep 25 '18 at 3:09
  • I am not sure what you mean by "remake". Could you explain further? Are there any online compilers that would successfully build my code (possibly using xelatex?) – Zak Fischer Sep 25 '18 at 3:22

Just in case you cannot get it run: here is a TikZ translation of your figure. I wonder if this can be compiled with latexmk. At least I can compile it with pdflatex (and it is also a tiny bit shorter).

\documentclass[x11names, svgnames, border=3pt,tikz]{standalone}
\begin{tikzpicture}[declare function={f(\x)=(\x-1)*(\x-1)/2 +
0.1;},x={(2.5cm,0)},y={(0,2.5cm)},samples=101,font=\small,inner sep=0.5pt]
\draw[blue,-latex] (-0.2,0) -- (3.2,0);
\draw[blue,-latex] (0,-0.2) -- (0,2.4);
\coordinate (O) at (0,0);
\draw plot[domain=0.2:3,variable=\x] ({\x},{f(\x)});
\foreach [count=\Z] \X/\Y in {0.4/{u},2.2/{\lambda u +(1-\lambda) v},2.8/{v}}
{\draw[dashed] (\X,0) coordinate (X\Z) node[below]{$\strut\Y$} -- (\X,{f(\X)}) coordinate (F\Z)
-- (0,{f(\X)}) node[above right]{$f(\Y)$};}
\draw[blue] (F1) -- (F3);
\draw[dashed] (F2) --
(intersection cs:first line={(X2)--(F2)}, second line={(F1)--(F3)})
coordinate (F4) -- (O|-F4) node[above right]{$f(u)+(1-\lambda)\,f(v)$};
\foreach \X in {1,...,4}
{\draw[very thin,red,fill=white] (F\X) circle(1pt);}

enter image description here

  • Perfect and exactly what I needed - thanks! – Zak Fischer Sep 25 '18 at 3:59

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