# Four Beautiful Python, R, MATLAB, and Mathematica plots with LaTeX

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LaTeX lets you create lovely, complex mathematical functions from typed text. Plotly will render LaTeX in annotations, labels, and titles. In this post, we’ll show how it works.
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### 1. MATLAB plotting with LaTeX

First, here’s an example using Plotly’s MATLAB API. This is a visualization of Bessel Functions of the first kind, solutions for a differential equation. It’s a useful function for studying and understanding heat conduction, how waves travel, and more. The MATLAB code below creates our plot.

plot(X,J,'LineWidth',1.5) axis([0 20 -.5 1]) grid on legend('J_0','J_1','J_2','J_3','J_4','Location','Best') title('Bessel Functions of the First Kind for v = 0,1,2,3,4') xlabel('X') ylabel('J_v(X)') X = 0:0.1:20; X = 0:0.1:20; J = zeros(5,201); for i = 0:4 J(i+1,:) = besselj(i,X); end plot(X,J,'LineWidth',1.5) axis([0 20 -.5 1]) grid on legend('J_0','J_1','J_2','J_3','J_4','Location','Best') title('Bessel Functions of the First Kind for v = 0,1,2,3,4') xlabel('X') ylabel('J_v(X)') fig2plotly();

The code generates a web-based version of our plot. We can apply a theme to change the colors, layouts, and fonts.

Then, we can share the plot in an iframe, as seen below.

The x axis contains the following formula. Plotly renders the LaTeX version of it.

$x^2 frac{d^2 y}{dx^2} + x frac{dy}{dx} + (x^2 – alpha^2)y = 0$

The plot is saved at a URL: https://plot.ly/~MattSundquist/2135. The URL contains the data, plot and code to translate the plot between MATLAB, R, Python, Julia, and JavaScript.

### 2. Python and matplotlib plotting with LaTeX

We can make matplotlib and Python plots into web-based plots. This is an example using Plotly’s Python API. Here we’re using a Gaussian distribution to study random variables and see where they fall on what is sometimes called a “bell curve.” We can add the standard deviation formula to our plot.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt # side-stepping mpl's backend import plotly.plotly as py import plotly.tools as tls from plotly.graph_objs import * %matplotlib inline py.sign_in("IPython.Demo", "1fw3zw2o13") fig1 = plt.figure() import matplotlib.pyplot as plt import numpy as np x = np.linspace(-2.0, 2.0, 10000) # The x-values sigma = np.linspace(0.4, 1.0, 4) # Some different values of sigma # Here we evaluate a Gaussians for each sigma gaussians = [(2*np.pi*s**2)**-0.5 * np.exp(-0.5*x**2/s**2) for s in sigma] ax = plt.axes() for s,y in zip(sigma, gaussians): ax.plot(x, y, lw=1.25, label=r"$sigma = %3.2f$"%s) formula = r"$y(x)=frac{1}{sqrt{2pisigma^2}}e^{-frac{x^2}{2sigma^2}}$" ax.text(0.05, 0.80, formula, transform=ax.transAxes, fontsize=20) ax.set_xlabel(r"$x$", fontsize=18) ax.set_ylabel(r"$y(x)$", fontsize=18) ax.legend() plt.show()

Here is our plot:

The annotation looks like this in the GUI:

### 3. R plotting with LaTeX

We can make plots with R. Here’s an example using the Plotly R API.

library(plotly) py <- plotly(username="R-demo-account", key="yu680v5eii") trace1 <- list( x = c(1, 2, 3, 4), y = c(1, 4, 9, 16), name = "$alpha_{1c} = 352 pm 11 text{ km s}^{-1}$", type = "scatter" ) trace2 <- list( x = c(1, 2, 3, 4), y = c(0.5, 2, 4.5, 8), name = "$beta_{1c} = 25 pm 11 text{ km s}^{-1}$", type = "scatter" ) data <- list(trace1, trace2) layout <- list( xaxis = list(title = "$sqrt{(n_text{c}(t|{T_text{early}}))}$"), yaxis = list(title = "$d, r text{ (solar radius)}$") ) response <- py$plotly(data, kwargs=list(layout=layout, filename="latex", fileopt="overwrite")) url <- response$url

The title was added in the GUI, and is written as ‘$LaTeX$’. We embed with this snippet; every Plotly graph can similarly be embedded in websites, blogs, and notebooks.

<iframe width="450" frameborder="0" seamless="seamless" scrolling="no" src="https://plot.ly/~MattSundquist/2138.embed?width=500&height=500"></iframe>

### 4. Mathematica plotting with LaTeX

A user-contributed Mathematica API is in the works, which lets us turn our Mathematica plots into D3, web-based plots. Here is our code:

Plotly[Sin[Exp[x]], {x, -Pi, Pi}, AxesLabel -> {"e", "s"}]

And our plot:

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