i've been trying to look for help as far as plotting goes in Octave -

especially plotting a function ... over a range of numbers ...

if you are a beginner like me ... this is what i tried, and it has worked so far for a

2d plot.

to plot a function over a range of numbers ... first create the function ...

function y=f(x) y=x.^3+(5*x.^2)-(10*x)+23; end

and then ..

specify the variable ..

linspace = linear space ...

x = linspace(-2,5);

then just plot it ..

plot(x,f(x)) ...

the result should be something like this ....

to add more options to the graph - like grid or title ...

simple do .. options like grid on or title('y vs x') ...

and to plot multiple functions on the same plot ...

trying using the command hold on ...

here's an example ...

given another function

function y=e(x) y = (3*x^.2)+(10*x); end

try

plot(x,f(x))

hold on

plot(x,e(x),'c')

use

hold off

to turn off this option

btw , the 'c' in earlier function meant that to plot the graph in the color cyan.

and last but not least ...

to print the graph onto a gif ...

try

gset terminal gif

gset output "something.gif"

replot

when done do

replot close

that's about it ...

here are some really awesome resources for octave ...

http://www.37mm.no/mpy/octave-r.html (great cheat sheet)

http://octave.sourceforge.net/index/plot.html

(more plotting packages like fplot and multiplot, awesome addition to the standard octave library)

and obviously ...

http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

Octave is a great alternative to Matlab and such ...

i had it installed on my Windows XP laptop on top of Cygwin ,

and usually run it on top of Cygwin X when graphing ...

resources for Cygwin X and how to get its GUI desktop to show up ...

try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cygwin/X

have fun =)

God bless.