Plot Functions

# Plot Functions

## Standard Plots

Plotting functionality is provided by recipes to Plots.jl. To use plot solutions, simply call the `plot(type)` after importing Plots.jl and the plotter will generate appropriate plots.

``````#Pkg.add("Plots") # You need to install Plots.jl before your first time using it!
using Plots
plot(sol) # Plots the solution``````

Many of the types defined in the DiffEq universe, such as `ODESolution`, `ConvergenceSimulation``WorkPrecision`, etc. have plot recipes to handle the default plotting behavior. Plots can be customized using all of the keyword arguments provided by Plots.jl. For example, we can change the plotting backend to the GR package and put a title on the plot by doing:

``````gr()
plot(sol,title="I Love DiffEqs!")``````

## Density

If the problem was solved with `dense=true`, then `denseplot` controls whether to use the dense function for generating the plot, and `plotdensity` is the number of evenly-spaced points (in time) to plot. For example:

``plot(sol,denseplot=false)``

means "only plot the points which the solver stepped to", while:

``plot(sol,plotdensity=1000)``

means to plot 1000 points using the dense function (since `denseplot=true` by default).

## Choosing Variables

In the plot command, one can choose the variables to be plotted in each plot. The master form is:

``vars = [(f1,0,1), (f2,1,3), (f3,4,5)]``

which could be used to plot `f1(var₀, var₁)`, `f2(var₁, var₃)`, and `f3(var₄, var₅)`, all on the same graph. (`0` is considered to be time, or the independent variable). Functions `f1`, `f2` and `f3` should take in scalars and return a tuple. If no function is given, for example,

``vars = [(0,1), (1,3), (4,5)]``

this would mean "plot `var₁(t)` vs `t` (time), `var₃(var₁)` vs `var₁`, and `var₅(var₄)` vs `var₄` all on the same graph, putting the independent variables (`t`, `var₁` and `var₄`) on the x-axis." While this can be used for everything, the following conveniences are provided:

• Everywhere in a tuple position where we only find an integer, this variable is plotted as a function of time. For example, the list above is equivalent to:

``vars = [1, (1,3), (4,5)]``

and

``vars = [1, 3, 4]``

is the most concise way to plot the variables 1, 3, and 4 as a function of time.

• It is possible to omit the list if only one plot is wanted: `(2,3)` and `4` are respectively equivalent to `[(2,3)]` and `[(0,4)]`.

• A tuple containing one or several lists will be expanded by associating corresponding elements of the lists with each other:

``vars = ([1,2,3], [4,5,6])``

is equivalent to

``vars = [(1,4), (2,5), (3,6)]``

and

``vars = (1, [2,3,4])``

is equivalent to

``vars = [(1,2), (1,3), (1,4)]``
• Instead of using integers, one can use the symbols from a `ParameterizedFunction`. For example, `vars=(:x,:y)` will replace the symbols with the integer values for components `:x` and `:y`.

• n-dimensional groupings are allowed. For example, `(1,2,3,4,5)` would be a 5-dimensional plot between the associated variables.

### Complex Numbers and High Dimensional Plots

The recipe library DimensionalPlotRecipes.jl is provided for extra functionality on high dimensional numbers (complex numbers) and other high dimensional plots. See the README for more details on the extra controls that exist.

### Example

``````using DifferentialEquations, Plots
lorenz = @ode_def Lorenz begin
dx = σ*(y-x)
dy = ρ*x-y-x*z
dz = x*y-β*z
end σ = 10.0 β = 8.0/3.0 ρ => 28.0

u0 = [1., 5., 10.]
tspan = (0., 100.)
prob = ODEProblem(lorenz, u0, tspan)
sol = solve(prob)

xyzt = plot(sol, plotdensity=10000,lw=1.5)
xy = plot(sol, plotdensity=10000, vars=(:x,:y))
xz = plot(sol, plotdensity=10000, vars=(:x,:z))
yz = plot(sol, plotdensity=10000, vars=(:y,:z))
xyz = plot(sol, plotdensity=10000, vars=(:x,:y,:z))
plot(plot(xyzt,xyz),plot(xy, xz, yz, layout=(1,3),w=1), layout=(2,1))`````` An example using the functions:

``````f(x,y,z) = (sqrt(x^2+y^2+z^2),x)
plot(sol,vars=(f,:x,:y,:z))`````` ## Animations

Using the iterator interface over the solutions, animations can also be generated via the `animate(sol)` command. One can choose the `filename` to save to via `animate(sol,filename)`, while the frames per second `fps` and the density of steps to show `every` can be specified via keyword arguments. The rest of the arguments will be directly passed to the plot recipe to be handled as normal. For example, we can animate our solution with a larger line-width which saves every 4th frame via:

``````#Pkg.add("ImageMagick") # You may need to install ImageMagick.jl before your first time using it!
#using ImageMagick # Some installations require using ImageMagick for good animations
animate(sol,lw=3,every=4)``````