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Re: help with contourplot 3d

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  • Subject: [mg43484] Re: help with contourplot 3d
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 05:38:46 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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you can mak a new function with


And you should use MathGL3d's MVContourPlot3D[]
that is much faster tha Graphics`ContourPlot3D[]


Michael Alfaro wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to plot a contour that is a function of 3 variables, x, y,
> and z.  I am plotting the function over a biologically interesting
> range of values using ContourPlot3d.  The problem is that the function
> does not give real values over some parts of the space near an edge.
> When I try to plot, mathematica
> shows these lines in blue
> CompiledFunction::"cfn": "Numerical error encountered at instruction \
> \!\(52\); proceeding with uncompiled evaluation."
> General::"stop": "Further output of \!\(CompiledFunction :: \"cfn\"\)
> will be \
> suppressed during this calculation."
> and
> ContourPlot3D::"gval": "Function value \!\(\(\(-0.6727485829490804`\)\)
> - \
> \(\(0.22711205859697875`\\ \[ImaginaryI]\)\)\) at grid point x =
> \!\(0.19`\), \
> y = \!\(0.29`\), z = \!\(0.28`\) is not a real number."
> The plot that mathematica produces looks good except for one edge which
> is jagged!  As I tell mathematica to plot more points, the size of the
> jags diminishes.  However I am reaching the practical limit of plot
> points (25) in terms of time and screen resolution and that edge is
> still not smooth like I expect that it really is (after plotting points
> from a numerical simulation).
> I would like to get a smooth plot somehow for this function.  Is there
> anything else I can try?  I am new to mathematica.  Is there anyway to
> say, in the function for example, that only real numbers are valid?  Or
> will any of the ContourPlot3D options like min/max recursion or
> singularity help?
> Thanks for any assistance!
> Michael

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