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Vertically Aligned Graphics Arrays

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  • Subject: [mg21400] Vertically Aligned Graphics Arrays
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 02:12:32 -0500 (EST)
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Dear MathGroup,

Every now and then there are complaints on MathGroup about the
difficulty of aligning plots with GraphicsArray. Tom Wickham-Jones
explains the reason for this on page 176 of his valuable book
Mathematica Graphics.

The problem, and my own first poor solution, grated on me enough that I
have produced a notebook with three different routines for making
vertically aligned plots.

One routine, VerticalPlots, dispenses with GraphicsArray altogether and
simply puts each graph in its own horizontal segment of a single plot.
It is easy to use and alignment is automatic. It is best for displaying
more than a few graphs. It main disadvantage is that the y axis gives
only the range of each graph. It works only for functions that would be
plotted with Plot.

A second routine, AlignedGraphicsPlots, uses a GraphicsArray. It is
best when only two or three graphs are to be compared. It uses some
ideas put forward by Bob Hanlon.  Again it is limited to expressions
that can be plotted with Plot.

A third routine, AlignedGraphicsPlots2, also allows ListPlots and
MultipleListPlots to be used in the GraphicsArray.

Lastly there is an example of using my DrawingPaper package to hand
craft more complex aligned graphics that include density or contour

The notebook, AlignedGraphics.nb may be down loaded from my web site.

David Park
djmp at

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