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Re: ParametricPlot

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  • Subject: [mg14512] Re: ParametricPlot
  • From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 04:33:12 -0500
  • References: <70rkm0$4u5$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Peter wrote in message <70rkm0$4u5$8 at>...
>I have the following defintion in Mathematica notebook (version 3.01 for
>eight[t_]:={Sin[t],Sin[t] Cos[t]}
>Trying to plot this by executing
>ParametricPlot[eight[t],{t,0,2 Pi}];
>produces the right graphic but also an warning:
>ParametricPlot::"ppcom": "Function eight[t] cannot be compiled; plotting
>will proceed with the uncompiled function."
>What is wrong ?
>Email: phuesser at

Nothing wrong: with ParametricPlot[eight[t],{t,0,2 Pi}] Mathematica
looks at eight[t] before it is evaluated to ={Sin[t],Sin[t] Cos[t]} and
decides that it cannot compile the function eight:

ParametricPlot[eight[t],{t,0,2 Pi}];//Timing

    "Function eight[t] cannot be compiled; plotting will proceed with \
the uncompiled function."

{1.15 Second,Null}

But we can make it look at the evaluated function (which it sees that it
can compile):

ParametricPlot[Evaluate[eight[t]],{t,0,2 Pi}];//Timing

{0.28 Second,Null}

As expected this is a lot quicker.

In fact this is equivalent to

ParametricPlot[{Sin[t],Sin[t] Cos[t]},{t,0,2 Pi}];//Timing

{0.28 Second,Null}


Allan Hayes
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