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# PlotRange

 PlotRangeis an option for graphics functions that specifies what range of coordinates to include in a plot.
• PlotRange can be used for both two- and three-dimensional graphics.
• The following settings can be used:
 All all points are included Automatic outlying points are dropped Full include full range of original data max explicit limit for each function (see below) {min,max} explicit limits for y (2D), z (3D) or array values {{xmin,xmax},{ymin,ymax}} explicit limits for x and y {{xmin,xmax},{ymin,ymax},{zmin,zmax}} explicit limits for x, y and z (3D)
• When no explicit limits are given for a particular coordinate, a setting of Automatic is assumed.
• With the Automatic setting, the distribution of coordinate values is found, and any points sufficiently far out in the distribution are dropped. Such points are often produced as a result of singularities in functions being plotted.
• Any explicit limit or pair {min, max} can be replaced by a specification such as All or Automatic.
• A setting such as {min, Automatic} gives a particular minimum value for a coordinate, with a maximum value to be determined automatically.
• If a particular minimum or maximum is specified as {Automatic, } this means that the range should in effect be cut off beyond a fraction of points in the plot. When smooth curves or surfaces are plotted, the measure of points is based on projected length or area.
• The setting Full can be used in Plot and related functions to specify that a range determined by the original input to the plotting function should be used.  »
• Plot[f, {x, xmin, xmax}, PlotRange->Full] specifies that the full range {xmin, xmax} should be used, even if no actual values of f are plotted in part of that range.
• With the setting PlotRange->s the following ranges are used:  »
 Graphics {{-s,s},{-s,s}} Graphics3D {{-s,s},{-s,s},{-s,s}} Plot {Full,{-s,s}} {Full,{0,s}} {{-s,s},{-s,s}} {Full,Full,{-s,s}} {Full,Full,{-s,s}} ArrayPlot {Full,Full,{0,s}} {Full,Full,{-s,s}} ListSurfacePlot3D {{-s,s},{-s,s},{-s,s}} {{-s,s},{-s,s},{-s,s}} {Full,Full,Full,{-s,s}}
Automatically drops outlying points:
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Explicitly choose and ranges:
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Explicitly choose a range:
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Choose the range to show all the existing points:
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Use the full range:
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