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Re: Step functions

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  • Subject: [mg17083] Re: [mg17097] Step functions
  • From: "Tomas Garza" <tgarza at>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:32:16 -0400
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Alessio Massaro [alessio.massaro at] wrote:

> Can anyone help me to build a step function out of a series of
> {x,y} pairs?
> For ex.., consider an ordered random {x,y} series like
> data=Sort[Table[{Random[],Random[]}, {10}], First[#1]<First[#2]&]
> I would like to build a function f[ { {x1, y1}, {x2, y2}, ...}, x ], that
> evaluates to:
> - y[i]        if x=x[i]
> - y[i+1]    if x[i]<x<x[i+1]
> Here each point {xi, yi} determines f over the left-open interval
> x[i]<x<=x[i+1] of x.
> The right-open interval version would be:
> - y[i]        if x=x[i]
> - y[i]        if x[i]<x<x[i+1]

Hi, Alessio!

Of course, you could try to build the lines using graphics primitives, but
this is tedious. There goes an idea (due, I think, to J. Tischer). If the
domain where you want to display your step function is, e.g., {0, a}, try




This will do the trick.

Good luck,

Tomas Garza
Mexico City

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