Trigonometric Pattern Design

July 1, 2015
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Triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet (Tessellate, Alt-J)

Inspired by recurrence plots and by the Gauss error function, I have done the following plots. The first one represents the recurrence plot of f\left ( x \right )= sec\left ( x \right ) where distance between points is measured by Gauss error function:

sec1This one is the same for f\left ( x \right )= tag\left ( x \right )

tan1And this one represents f\left ( x \right )= sin\left ( x \right )

sin1I like them: they are elegant, attractive and easy to make. Try your own functions. One final though: the more I use magrittr package, the more I like it. This is the code for the first plot.

library("magrittr")
library("ggplot2")
library("pracma")
RecurrencePlot = function(from, to, col1, col2) {
  opt = theme(legend.position  = "none",
              panel.background = element_blank(),
              axis.ticks       = element_blank(),
              panel.grid       = element_blank(),
              axis.title       = element_blank(),
              axis.text        = element_blank()) 
  seq(from, to, by = .1) %>% expand.grid(x=., y=.) %>% 
    ggplot( ., aes(x=x, y=y, fill=erf(sec(x)-sec(y)))) + geom_tile() + 
    scale_fill_gradientn(colours=colorRampPalette(c(col1, col2))(2)) + opt}
RecurrencePlot(from = -5*pi, to = 5*pi, col1 = "black", col2= "white")

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