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StarKid

October 2nd, 2012, 10:50 PM

Is there graphing software available that would allow me to graph the little empty circles (or some other recognizable symbolism) at points where the function is discontinuous? See the picture for what I mean.

http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/discontinuous/d04.jpg

bryncoles

October 11th, 2012, 12:26 PM

Hi StarKid.

You could do that in R (http://cran.r-project.org/). It's a very powerful statistical analysis software, with a particular strength in making graphs. I know people in the past to have made very powerful and complicated graphs using this software.

It's a bit of a steep learning curve though! You can use the following three web pages to help get you started if you like though

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Statistical_Analysis:_an_Introduction_using_R

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/R_Programming

http://scs.math.yorku.ca/index.php/R:_Getting_started_with_R

To install R, search synaptic (or the Ubuntu Software Centre actually) for r-base and install that. To run R, simply (!) open a terminal and type

R

That took me ages to work out when I first started using R!

Post back here (or start a new thread) if you need further help.

Oh -- and since Googling for 'R' is a pain in the Rs, you might like to try using the r-seek (http://www.rseek.org/) website instead.

Good luck!

PC_load_letter

October 11th, 2012, 10:22 PM

If the OP would like to program R from a nice GUI, the open-source project RStudio from www.rstudio.org provides a deb binary package for Ubuntu, it works like a charm once you install R from Ubuntu repos.

bryncoles

October 12th, 2012, 12:32 PM

I used to use Rcmdr, but Rstudio looks nice too!

Information Technology

October 12th, 2012, 02:00 PM

Is there graphing software available that would allow me to graph the little empty circles (or some other recognizable symbolism) at points where the function is discontinuous? See the picture for what I mean.]

Hi,

I recommend you take a look at a new javascript library that has been evolving very rapidly, called "D3.js". It stands for "Data Driven Documents" and it allows you to build some pretty amazing graphical representations that render and run directly in your browser. So, if you know how to set up a web server and perform an http request for data, you can pull the data back into the browser and then manipulate it to any type of graphical representation you'd like. This makes it easy for you to share your visualizations with other people that need to see them (especially if you're doing this at work). Once you have the data, you can build any visualization you want, including your disjointed graph.

Here are some examples...

Interactive Pie Charts (http://bl.ocks.org/2212156) (Complexity = Simple)

Interactive Bar Charts (http://bl.ocks.org/2141479) (Complexity = Simple)

Interactive Radial Browser (http://bl.ocks.org/3169420) (Complexity = High)

Interactive Graph (http://bl.ocks.org/2879486) (Complexity = Moderate)

You can find tons more examples, like the graph your trying to build at D3js.org (http://d3js.org/).

I hope this helps and you find it useful because this library was VERY useful for me.

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