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• Subject: [mg107579] Re: [mg107554] Question about Plot[] algorythm.
• From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
• Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 05:15:48 -0500 (EST)
• Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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```Yes, it's well known that Mathematica does that.  And well documented.
See, for example, the "More Information" section of the page ref/Plot in
the Documentation Center.

But I don't think you'll find documented an explicit algorithm for how
the number of points is selected beyond that vague statement. That's
verging on what may be proprietary information.

On 2/17/2010 7:01 AM, Alexey wrote:
> Hello,
> I am wondering that sometimes Plot[] takes a huge number of points
> where a function changes very slowly. And it takes less points where
> the function changes rapidly! Consider the following:
>
> cache = {};
> f[x_?NumericQ] := (AppendTo[cache, x]; 5 Csc[x]);
> pl = Plot[f[x], {x, 0, 2}, PlotRange ->  {Full, {0, 140}}];
> Show[Histogram[cache], pl, PlotRange ->  {All, {0, 140}}]
> cache // Length
>
> It is easy to see that Plot takes 122 points around x=1.5 - where the
> function is nearly constant! But around x=0.3 (where the function
> changes rapidly) it takes only 50 points!
>
> Can anyone explain this?
>

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