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Animate parametric plot of two lists?

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  • Subject: [mg101475] Animate parametric plot of two lists?
  • From: Porscha Louise McRobbie <pmcrobbi at>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 07:11:05 -0400 (EDT)


When I have explicit formulas for two functions of time, it's simple 
to animate the parametric plot of them by using ParametricPlot inside 

I'd like to create a similar animation now, but using two lists of 
numbers. Apparently there is  no function such as ListParametricPlot.

Below a roundabout way I found (I want to show both a dashed line and 
a point tracing out the curve in time). Is there a better way to do 
this? I'd like to be able to include many more frames, and this method 
seems inefficient.

Any suggestion/help is appreciated.


(*Animate a parametric plot from two lists*)
In[1]:= f[t_] := Cos[t]
In[2]:= g[t_] := Sin[t]

In[27]:= list1 = Table[f[t], {t, 0, 2 Pi, .1}];
In[28]:= list2 = Table[g[t], {t, 0, 2 Pi, .1}];

In[29]:= n = Length[list1];
In[30]:= plotdat = Thread[{list1, list2}];
In[31]:= frame = ConstantArray[0.0, n];

In[32]:= Do[
  frame[[j]] =
   Show[ListLinePlot[plotdat[[1 ;; j]], PlotStyle -> {Red, Dashed},
     PlotRange -> {{-1.2, 1.2}, {-1.2, 1.2}}],
    ListPlot[plotdat[[1 ;; j]],
     PlotRange -> {{-1.2, 1.2}, {-1.2, 1.2}},
     PlotMarkers -> {Automatic, 12}]], {j, 1, n}]

In[33]:= ListAnimate[frame]

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