[pstricks] Using the "psplot"

Michael M. Dougherty doughem at swosu.edu
Fri Nov 16 12:48:28 CET 2001

It would be helpful if you sent us a list of functions you would like to 
see plotted, and we can send you some code.  It is really quite easy 
once you get started.  If you've never done Reverse Polish Notation it 
takes some getting used to but is also quite easy.  I have given my 
calculus classes notes with many functions plotted in PSTricks (though I 
admitted defeat and needed help from the list for plotting, for 
instance, direction fields).  As Chris pointed out, you don't need to go 
to Mathematica, etc., and besides, the output from Mathematica is not so 
much presentation-quality as with PSTricks properly coded.
--Mike Dougherty

Stephane Lemarie wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a new pstricks user and new on this mailing list (so sorry if this 
> question is not new!).
> I have two questions:
> - I am trying to use the psplot function, and i am a bit lost with the 
> way i should program,
> in the postscript langage, the function i want to draw. I have not seen 
> a lot of details on this
> particular point in the different pstricks tutorials (just a couple of 
> example). I have seen that
> there are different books on postscipt... but if i can avoid that. Does 
> some of you have a
> document (electronic form) that give a rather synthetic information on 
> how to draw curves
> using the postscript langage.
> - A more practical question: have some of you experiment this psplot 
> function?
> How limited is it? Should i better draw the curve using specific 
> software (GnuPlot of Mathematica),
> export in EPS, and work with them with pstricks.
> Thanks for your help,
> Stéphane Lemarié
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