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Re: correction

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  • Subject: [mg70667] Re: [mg70613] correction
  • From: "Chris Chiasson" <chris at>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 01:20:36 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <>

I think Plot and other functions have a definition of "aspect ratio"
that is different from how it is used in normal speech. For instance,
"monitors have a 4/3 aspect ratio" (width/height). In the Plot
command, a similar aspect ratio would be specified by
AspectRatio->3/4. I don't know why it is that way.

Plot[x, {x, 0, 4}, AspectRatio -> 3/4]

the above plot should be wider than it is tall (if you don't have any
severe problems with your rendering subsystem... see for

On 10/21/06, dimitris <dimmechan at> wrote:
> $VersionNumber
> 5.2
> I copy from the Further Examples section of AspectRatio
> ...The default setting of Aspect Ratio is GoldenRatio...
> (see
> )
> I think this it should be coreected to
> ...The default setting of Aspect Ratio is 1/GoldenRatio...
> In the documentation of the function the correct default value is given
> ...The default value AspectRatio -> 1/GoldenRatio is used for
> two-dimensional plots...
> (see )
> Options[Plot, AspectRatio]
> {AspectRatio -> 1/GoldenRatio}
> Dimitris Anagnostou


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