Gnuplot in Action, 2nd Edition


  • Gnuplot in Action, 2nd Edition
  • Understanding Data with Graphs
  • Philipp K. Janert
  • 400 pages
  • Manning Publications (2016)
  • ISBN: 978-1633430181

From the Back Cover:

Gnuplot is an open-source graphics program that helps you analyze, interpret, and present numerical data. Available for Unix, Mac, and Windows, it is well-maintained, mature, and totally free.

Gnuplot in Action, 2nd Edition, is a major revision of this authoritative guide for developers, engineers, and scientists. The book starts with a tutorial introduction, followed by a systematic overview of gnuplot’s core features, including new plot types, improved text and color handling, and support for interactive, web-based display formats. The book concludes with chapters on graphical effects and general techniques for understanding data with graphs. It includes four pages of color illustrations. 3D graphics, false-color plots, heatmaps, and multivariate visualizations are covered in chapter-length appendices available in the eBook.

No prior experience with gnuplot is required. This book concentrates on practical applications of gnuplot relevant to users of all levels.

Table of Contents:

  1. Prelude: Understanding Data with Gnuplot
  2. Tutorial: Essential Gnuplot
  3. The Heart of the Matter: the plot Command
  4. Managing Data Sets and Files
  5. Practical Matters: Strings, Loops, and History
  6. A Catalog of Styles
  7. Decorations: Labels, Arrows, and Explanations
  8. All About Axes
  9. Color, Style, and Appearance
  10. Terminals and Output Formats
  11. Automation, Scripting, and Animation
  12. Beyond the Defaults: Workflows and Styles
  13. Basic Techniques of Graphical Analysis
  14. Topics in Graphical Analysis
  15. Coda: Understanding Data With Graphs
  16. Appendix A: Obtaining, Building, and Installing Gnuplot
  17. Appendix B: Resources
  18. Appendix C: Surface and Contour Plots
  19. Appendix D: Palettes and False-Color Plots
  20. Appendix E: Special Plots
  21. Appendix F: Higher Math