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Plotting functions and coordinates, Mathematica

  1. Feb 19, 2013 #1
    Hi all.

    Is there a way to plot both functions and coordinates/points on the same graph in Mathematica? The various functions for plotting each seem very incompatible. I would like to compare a probability function to Monte-Carlo-method simulation results.

    Also, out of curiosity, do different programming languages have "better" pseudo-random number generation techniques or does it not really make a difference?

    Thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 19, 2013 #2
    data = Table[{x, x^2}, {x, 0, 2}];
    Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 2}],
    Graphics[Text["(1,1)", {1, 1}, {-1, 0}]]

    will show a graph, points and a coordinate.
    If you need to you can change point size, color, background, dashing and a thousand other visual effects.

    There are expensive hardware random number generators you can buy.

    I've wanted someone to think of a cheap hardware hack that would generate a few random bits a second from the radioactive decay of a smoke detector, but I haven't found anyone interested in doing that.
  4. Feb 20, 2013 #3
    Thanks Bill! It works nicely.

    I'm self-taught so I ignored Show[]'s existence. Now I know.

    That's an interesting hack, although I guess for most purposes computer-generated numbers work fine ... and are simpler to obtain.

    Thanks again
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