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gnuplot Cookbook by Lee Phillips

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Scripting gnuplot with its own language

We have learned how to use a large number of gnuplot commands and assembled them into scripts, included with this book as code samples, that can be executed from the command line or read in from the gnuplot's interactive plot with the load command. Up to now, however, these scripts have taken the form of a simple sequence of commands, each one to be executed once; the same result is obtained whether we enter the commands one at a time at the prompt or load the script as a whole, in batch mode.

There are many tasks that are much more convenient, and others that are only possible, if we can apply some sort of automation to the generation of commands. Fortunately, gnuplot, as part of its command language, includes ...

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