The SciDAVis Handbook

Ion Vasilief

Roger Gadiou

Knut Franke

Version updated for SciDAVis 0.2.3 and newer

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This document is a handbook for using SciDAVis, a program for two- and three-dimensional graphical presentation of data sets and for data analysis. It is updated for version 0.2.3 and newer, including the 1.x series. This manual is organized in several chapters:

  • The first one describes the main concepts and terms which are used in SciDAVis.

  • The second and third chapters build a tutorial on how to obtain plots from different data sets, and to perform mathematical and statistical analysis of data and curves. They are the ones you need to read first to understand the basics of SciDAVis and to be able to work with.

  • The next chapter describe some specific possibilities of SciDAVis, that is the scripting.

  • The two last chapters are descriptions of all the commands and toolbars used in SciDAVis. These chapters are the reference manual of SciDAVis.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
What is SciDAVis?
Command Line Parameters
General Concepts and Terms
2. Drawing plots with SciDAVis
2D X-Y plots
Other special 2D plots
Statistical plots
3D plots
Multilayer Plots
Adding objects to a plot
3. Analysis of data and curves
Fast Fourier Transform
Filtering of data curves
Correlation and autocorrelation
Convolution of functions
Fitting of data and curves
4. Scripting
5. Command Reference
The File Menu
The Edit Menu
The View Menu
The Graph Menu
The Plot Menu
The Plot 3D menu
The Tools Menu
The Analysis Menu
The Table Menu
The Matrix Menu
The Format Menu
The Window Menu
The Help Menu
6. The Toolbars
The File Toolbar
The Edit Toolbar
The Plot Toolbar.
The Graph Toolbar.
The Table Toolbar.
The matrix plot Toolbar.
The 3D Surfaces Toolbar.
A. Appendix
Credits and License
How to obtain SciDAVis
Installation from binary packages
Compilation and Installation from sources
B. Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Figures
List of Tables