**gpl_display_test**,
a MATLAB program which
calls gpl_display() to read the data in a typical gnuplot GPL file,
describing a 1D, 2D or 3D curve, or a surface Z(X,Y) defined
on a regular grid, a triangular grid, or an irregular quadrilateral grid,
display it in a more attractive way than gnuplot is capable of.

The computer code and data files made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.

gpl_display, a MATLAB library which tries to read the data in a typical gnuplot GPL file, describing a 1D, 2D or 3D curve, or a surface Z(X,Y) defined on a regular grid, a triangular grid, or an irregular quadrilateral grid, displays it in a more attractive way than gnuplot is capable of.

- gpl_display_test.m, calls all the tests;
- gpl_display_test.sh, runs all the tests;
- gpl_display_test.txt, the output file.

**five_by_three** is a set of (X,Y,Z(X,Y)) data on a rectangular grid
of 5 X by 3 Y values. The GPL file stores this as 3 sets of
data, separated by blank lines. Gnuplot can display this data
as a 3D surface using the command "splot '5by3.gpl' using lines".
However, MATLAB can make a nice 3D surface using surf();

- five_by_three.gpl, the GPL file.
- five_by_three_test.m, calls gpl_grid reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- five_by_three.png, a PNG snapshot of the 3D plot created by MATLAB.

**ell** is a set of (X,Y,Z(X,Y)) data on a grid of triangles.
The GPL file stores this as many sets of 4 lines of data,
separated by two blank lines. Each set of 4 lines lists the
X, Y and Z values for one vertex of a triangle, with the first
line repeated as the fourth line. Gnuplot can display this data
as a 3D surface using the command "splot 'ell.gpl' using lines".
However, MATLAB can make a nice 3D surface using patch();

- ell.gpl, the GPL file.
- ell_test.m, calls gpl_triangles reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- ell.png, a PNG snapshot of the plot created by MATLAB.

**helix** is a set of (X,Y,Z) data that defines a
helix.
The GPL file stores this as 201 triples of X, Y, Z values.
Gnuplot can display this data using the command
"splot 'helix.gpl' using lines".
MATLAB can also make a nice curve with the plot3() command.

- helix.gpl, the GPL file.
- helix_test.m, calls gpl_curve reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- helix.png, a PNG snapshot of the plot created by MATLAB.

**lynx** is a set of X data, tabulating the lynx "harvest".
The GPL file stores this as 114 sets of X values.
Gnuplot can display this data using the command
"plot 'lynx.gpl' using lines".
MATLAB can also make a nice curve with the plot() command.

- lynx.gpl, the GPL file.
- lynx_test.m, calls gpl_curve reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- lynx.png, a PNG snapshot of the plot created by MATLAB.

**sine** is a set of (X,Y(X)) data over [0,pi],
tabulating the sine function.
The GPL file stores this as 101 pairs of X, Y values.
Gnuplot can display this data using the command
"plot 'sine.gpl' using lines".
MATLAB can also make a nice curve with the plot() command.

- sine.gpl, the GPL file.
- sine_test.m, reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- sine.png, a PNG snapshot of the plot created by MATLAB.

**solution** is a set of (X,Y,Z(X)) data over the unit square,
representing a solution to the Poisson equation as computed by
the deal.ii program. In 2D, the deal.ii program uses a mesh of
rectangular elements, which need not be of the same size. Therefore,
the solution is not stored as a regular grid, but rather as a collection
of values on little rectangular patches.
The GPL file stores this as 1024 such patches. Each patch is recorded
as the X,Y,Z values at nodes A and B, followed by one blank line,
and then the X,Y,Z values at nodes C and D, followed by two blank lines.
The rectangle can be traced by connecting A, B, D and C (in that order).
Gnuplot can display this data using the command
"splot 'solution.gpl' using lines".
MATLAB can also make a nice surface with the patch() command.

- solution.gpl, the GPL file.
- solution_test.m, reads the GPL file and displays the data.
- solution.png, a PNG snapshot of the plot created by MATLAB.