2.3.4 Gnuplot

Most of the first-year problems call for some data visualisation. The standard UNIX package for this is Gnuplot. However, it is not particularly user friendly. The Gnuplot.py package was installed to allow students to manipulate Gnuplot from within their Python programs, simplifying the procedure enormously. Gnuplot.py allows the user to plot arrays trivially, or to issue arbitrary and complex Gnuplot commands if required. It offers simplicity to undergraduate students, but could be used for large, scripted data-plotting[#!gnuplot!#].

The version of Gnuplot used during the trial was 3.7.1. The version of Gnuplot.py was 1.5.