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[✓]  Convert DiscretePlot3D to 2D plot with a Color Function?

Posted 9 months ago
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Observe the following wolfram Mathematica code:

nd[y_, a_, b_, n_] := (Binomial[b - a + 1, y]*Sum[((-1)^i)*Binomial[y, i]*((y - i)/(b - a + 1))^n, {i, 0, y}]);

Animate[DiscretePlot3D[nd[i, 1, n, j], {j, 1, 15}, {i, 1, 15}, ExtentSize -> Full, ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow"], {n, 1, 50, 1}]

nd is just the name of a discrete probability density function of 4 variables that I have defined earlier on. What I would really like to do is make this a 2 dimensional grid of squares where the value of nd is shown only by the color as opposed to both the color and the height; in other words, I don't want it to be 3D. Of course, I can rotate what I have to get a top down view, but this isn't exactly ideal:

enter image description here

I would much prefer to eliminate the third dimension altogether and have a simple grid where the output of nd is shown by a change in color of the squares in the 2D grid. Is this possible in Mathematica? If so, how would I do this? Thank you.

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You should use ArrayPlot:

nd[y_, a_, b_, 
   n_] := (Binomial[b - a + 1, y]*
    Sum[((-1)^i)*Binomial[y, i]*((y - i)/(b - a + 1))^n, {i, 0, y}]);

Animate[ArrayPlot[Table[nd[i, 1, n, j], {j, 1, 15}, {i, 1, 15}], 
  ColorFunction -> "DarkRainbow", PlotLegends -> Automatic], {n, 1, 
  50, 1}]

To get

enter image description here



I just realized that you had the origin in the lower left and the default for ArrayPlot is the upper left.

You can change this by flipping the data. One way:

Table[nd[i, 1, n, j], {j, 15, 1, -1}, {i, 1, 15}]


One can also use ArrayPlot[..., DataReversed -> True].

Thanks, Michael! I did not know that feature.

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