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Re: High precision numbers and Plot[] ?

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  • Subject: [mg13702] Re: High precision numbers and Plot[] ?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 04:39:30 -0400
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
  • References: <6qp3b3$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

a_kowald wrote:

> I try to plot a function where I have to use high precision numbers.
> That means to get the correct answer I have to use N[f,50]. I set the
> Compiled option of plot to false and tried:
> Plot[N[f,50], {i, start, end}, Compiled -> False]
> However, this doesn't work. The result is the same as:
> Plot[f,{i,start,end}]
> Any idea what I'm doing wrong ?

The likely problem is that the table of values generated by Plot is at
machine precision which overrides the use of N[f,50]. Here is one
workaround by way of an example.  Compare

  In[1]:= Plot[LegendreP[50], {x, 0, 1}, PlotRange -> All];


  In[9]:= Plot[LegendreP[50, SetPrecision[x, 30]], {x, 0, 1}, 
	PlotRange -> All, Compiled -> False]; 


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