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Re: color in ListContourPlot

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  • Subject: [mg2250] Re: [mg2230] color in ListContourPlot
  • From: Peder Thusgaard Ruhoff <ptk at>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 01:56:03 -0400

On Tue, 17 Oct 1995, Elizabeth Kraemer <kraemer at> wrote:

> I want to do a ListContourPlot with a specific color range (from 
> white/purple to red).  If I just use "Hue", the high and low values are red.  
> I've got a lot of contours, so I want to avoid having to define a color 
> individually for each one.  I'm running Mathematica on a Windows machine.  
> Thanks for the help!  -Beth

Dear Beth,

You can use the option ColorFunction.

First let us generate an array of numbers

    In[1]:= a = Table[
                    Sin[x Sin[y Cos[x]]],
                    {x, -Pi, Pi, Pi/20},
                    {y, -Pi, Pi, Pi/20}

We can get a contour plot in the following way

    In[2]:= ListContourPlot[a]

    Out[2]= -ContourGraphics-

Now, to change the coloring of the contours we can do the following

    In[3]:= ListContourPlot[a, ColorFunction -> (GrayLevel[0.5 + #/2]&)]

    Out[3]= -ContourGraphics-

which on my B/W monitor makes the plot much "lighter". I guess you can
do the same in your problem with something like
                ColorFunction -> (Hue[#/2]&)

Of course, if you don't like the pure function approach you can define
a function, e.g.

    In[4]:= MyOwnColorFunction[val_] := Hue[0.5 + val/2]

    In[5]:= ListContourPlot[a, ColorFunction -> MyOwnColorFunction]

    Out[5]= -ContourGraphics-

Good luck,

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