# What is the difference between plotstyle=curve and plotpoints=1000?

The first code:

\documentclass[pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\def\m{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-1,-1)(3.5,3.5)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3,3)[$x$,-90][$y$,0]
\psplot[ algebraic,
% plotstyle=curve,
plotpoints=1000, <<-- notice
yMaxValue=3,
linewidth=1.5pt,
linecolor=red]{0}{3}{\m}
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


The second code:

\documentclass[pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\def\m{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(-1,-1)(3.5,3.5)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3,3)[$x$,-90][$y$,0]
\psplot[ algebraic,
plotstyle=curve,
%plotpoints=1000,
yMaxValue=3,
linewidth=1.5pt,
linecolor=red]{0}{3}{\m}
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


The result of compiling is frustrating.

1. What is the difference between them?
2. Can you fix the picture to make it become equal?

The best way to explain is showing the animations, right?

# With curve plotstyle

It needs at least 3 points. When N=2 there is no graph.

\documentclass[12pt,pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\def\m{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}
\def\xl{3 -1.5 exp neg 1 add}
\begin{document}
\multido{\i=2+1}{20}{%
\begin{pspicture}[algebraic,showpoints,plotstyle=curve](-1,-1)(3.5,4)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3,3.5)[$x$,-90][$y$,0]
\psplot[linecolor=red,plotpoints=\i]{0}{\xl}{\m}
\psplot[linecolor=red,plotpoints=\i]{\xr}{3}{\m}
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\rput[t](2,3){$N=\i$}
\end{pspicture}}
\end{document}


# With line plotstyle

It needs at least 2 points.

\documentclass[12pt,pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\def\m{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}
\def\xl{3 -1.5 exp neg 1 add}
\begin{document}
\multido{\i=2+1}{20}{%
\begin{pspicture}[algebraic,showpoints,plotstyle=line](-1,-1)(3.5,4)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3,3.5)[$x$,-90][$y$,0]
\psplot[linecolor=red,plotpoints=\i]{0}{\xl}{\m}
\psplot[linecolor=red,plotpoints=\i]{\xr}{3}{\m}
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\rput[t](2,3){$N=\i$}
\end{pspicture}}
\end{document}


# Final output

\documentclass[12pt,pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\def\m{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}
\def\xl{3 -1.5 exp neg 1 add}
\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}[algebraic](-.5,-.6)(4,4)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3.5,3.5)[$x$,0][$y$,90]
\psplot[linecolor=red]{0}{\xl}{\m}
\psplot[linecolor=red]{\xr}{3}{\m}
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}


# My best practices

• Split the graph into two or more invocation of \psplot when there are discontinuities in a single plot.
• Increasing plotpoints blindly will waste more storage because the size of PDF (or SVG) increases as well.
• You don't need to change plotstyle most of the time.

# Explanation

• \def\xl{3 -1.5 exp neg 1 add} is the value of xl<1 such that f(xl)=3.
• \def\xr{3 -1.5 exp 1 add} is the value of xr>1 such that f(xr)=3.

• plotstyle represents the type of curves is used to connect points.

• plotpoints represents the number of points used to draw the curve.
• Many compliments too for the animations. Dec 1, 2018 at 13:02
\documentclass[pstricks]{standalone}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\begin{document}

\begin{pspicture}(-1,-1)(3.5,3.5)
\psaxes[labelFontSize=\scriptstyle]{->}(0,0)(3,3)[$x$,-90][$y$,0]
\psclip{\psframe[linestyle=none](3,3)}
\psplot[ algebraic,linewidth=1.5pt,linecolor=red]{0}{3}{1/((x-1)^2)^(1/3)}
\endpsclip
\psline[linestyle=dashed](1,0)(1,3)
\end{pspicture}

\end{document}


• Can you explain the difference between them (my title) to me ? Herbert !
– user173875
Dec 1, 2018 at 14:04
• All curves are plotted by connecting points. With setting yMaxValue you have an internal if y > yMaxValue then do not plot. It depends to the number of points how near do you get with the calculated point to the maximal value. With clipping you have exactly the same y value. With plotpoints=5000 they are also nearly the same.
– user2478
Dec 1, 2018 at 14:10
• So, when should we use plotstyle replace plotpoints and opposite?
– user173875
Dec 1, 2018 at 14:16
• plotstyle=curve or bezier only for curves with continuous bends and plotpoints > 100. plotstyle=line for a lot of plotpoints and a curve which has not too big slopes. Howver, for plotpoints > 1000 it doesn't really matter which plotstyle do you use.
– user2478
Dec 1, 2018 at 14:20
• Why we use plotpoints > 500 will make file size bigger than plotstyle?
– user173875
Dec 1, 2018 at 14:31