I have recently started learning Mathematica. I'm trying to use it for
some data analysis and plotting, but so far I'm not having much luck.
There are a few specific things that are troubling me, and I'd
really appreciate hearing any advice or suggestions to help me work
around these problems.
One "feature" I find extremely frustrating is the numbering and
evaluation order of equations in notebooks. When I edit
something early in a notebook, I would like Mathematica to re-
evaluate the rest of the notebook, and always perform the
notebook evaluation in a straight top-to-bottom order. Is there any
way to set an option to get it to behave that way? For things
like "%" references to previous results, having the definition of
"previous" depend on what you edited last seems crazy. I guess I
prefer the Mathcad way, in which evaluation is always in a well-defined
order determined by page layout.
Another problem is that Mathematica seems to reset plot
parameters at random, particularly after erroneous edits. I am using
the MultipleListPlot and ListPlot functions to create graphs.
After I get the graph sized how I like it (with the mouse), I will
sometimes try changing a few parameters in the graph. If I make
a typo and Mathematica can't understand the command, my graph will jump
to some random different size once I get the error fixed.
Finally, I'm about to give up on getting reasonable Legends on my plots.
Does the PlotLegend option work for MultipleListPlot? Sometimes it
will show a Legend for me, and sometimes it won't.
FYI, I'm using Mathematica 3.0 on Linux.
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