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PDL::Graphics::TriD::Contours - 3D Surface contours for TriD


    # A simple contour plot in black and white

    use PDL::Graphics::TriD;
    use PDL::Graphics::TriD::Contours;
    $size = 25;
    $x = (xvals zeroes $size,$size) / $size;
    $y = (yvals zeroes $size,$size) / $size;
    $z = (sin($x*6.3) * sin($y*6.3)) ** 3;
    $data=new PDL::Graphics::TriD::Contours($z,



Define a new contour plot for TriD.

  $data=new PDL::Graphics::TriD::Contours($d,[$x,$y,$z],[$r,$g,$b],$options);

where $d is a 2D pdl of data to be contoured. [$x,$y,$z] define a 3D map of $d into the visualization space [$r,$g,$b] is an optional [3,1] piddle specifying the contour color and $options is a hash reference to a list of options documented below. Contours can also be colored by value using the set_color_table function.

  ContourInt  => 0.7  # explicitly set a contour interval
  ContourMin  => 0.0  # explicitly set a contour minimum
  ContourMax  => 10.0 # explicitly set a contour maximum
  ContourVals => $pdl # explicitly set all contour values
  Label => [1,5,$myfont] # see addlabels below 
  Font =>  $font      # explicitly set the font for contour labels

  If ContourVals is specified ContourInt, ContourMin, and ContourMax
  are ignored.  If no options are specified, the algorthym tries to
  choose values based on the data supplied.  Font can also be specified or
  overwritten by the addlabels() function below.


Add labels to a contour plot


$labelint is the integer interval between labeled contours. If you have 8 contour levels and specify $labelint=3 addlabels will attempt to label the 1st, 4th, and 7th contours. $labelint defaults to 1.

$segint specifies the density of labels on a single contour level. Each contour level consists of a number of connected line segments, $segint defines how many of these segments get labels. $segint defaults to 5, that is every fifth line segment will be labeled.


Sets contour level colors based on the color table.

$table is passed in as either a piddle of [3,n] colors, where n is the number of contour levels, or as a reference to a function which expects the number of contour levels as an argument and returns a [3,n] piddle. It should be straight forward to use the PDL::Graphics::LUT tables in a function which subsets the 256 colors supplied by the look up table into the number of colors needed by Contours.


A simple colortable function for use with the set_colortable function.

coldhot_colortable defines a blue red spectrum of colors where the smallest contour value is blue, the highest is red and the others are shades in between.