# Plotting the following surface in pgfplots

I would like to plot the surface given by f(x,y) = 1/(1-xy) over the range [0,1]×[0,1], with the plot range being [0,5]. Update: I managed to obtain the above plot, but I want the red region to be smoothly connected. How can this be achieved without dramatically increasing the sampling frequency of the plot?

Perhaps there is a way to weight the sampling according to some arbitrary function?

My code:

\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.8}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[domain=0:1,xmax=1,ymax=1,zmax=10,samples=50,
unbounded coords=jump, filter point/.code={%
\pgfmathparse
{\pgfkeysvalueof{/data point/x} + \pgfkeysvalueof{/data point/y} > 1.8}%
\ifpgfmathfloatcomparison
\pgfkeyssetvalue{/data point/x}{nan}%
\fi
},
]
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}

• Use the smooth option. Jun 24, 2019 at 11:57
• @manooooh I get a horrible thing. imgur.com/a/rJPzxBq Jun 24, 2019 at 12:06
• Post your code here. Don't post an image elsewhere. Jun 24, 2019 at 12:11
• @Teepeemm I have added my code to my post. Jun 24, 2019 at 12:12

The arguably simplest way to go is to clip the corners away.

\documentclass[tikz,border=3.14mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.16}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[domain=0:1,xmax=1,ymax=1,zmax=10,samples=50]
\clip (0,0,0) -- (1,0,0)  -- (1,0.8,0) -- (1,0.8,5) -- plot[variable=\t,domain=1:0.8]
(\t,{4/(5*\t)},5) -- (0.8,1,5) --  (0,1,5) -- (0,0,5) -- cycle;
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} • any importance of 1.6 instead of 1.8? Jun 24, 2019 at 15:04
• @JackLam It is 1.16, and the answer is yes. In older versions you need to prepend the coordinates used in the clip path with axis cs:.
– user121799
Jun 24, 2019 at 15:06
• Overleaf does not allow the use of 1.16. Do you have a workaround? Jun 24, 2019 at 15:13
• @JackLam Try compat=newest. Most likely this will work, if not, use \clip (axis cs:0,0,0) -- (axis cs:1,0,0) -- (axis cs:1,0.8,0) -- (axis cs:1,0.8,5) -- plot[variable=\t,domain=1:0.8] (axis cs:\t,{4/(5*\t)},5) -- (axis cs:0.8,1,5) -- (axis cs:0,1,5) -- (axis cs:0,0,5) -- cycle;.
– user121799
Jun 24, 2019 at 15:15