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Can I draw this graph using Inkscape? I am new to this image editor and I have read the guidelines but it still seems hard to do.
Can you please help me to draw an identical graph that also includes the symbols?

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What is your final goal in drawing this graph in Inkscape? Knowing this might help giving a better suited answer. Also a good question shows what you have tried yourself already. Could you please include that in your post? –  Bart Arondson Nov 10 '13 at 22:10
Can you draw it manually? Of course. Use the line tool, the bezier curve tool, and the type tool. If you're struggling with any of that, come back to ask specific questions. –  DA01 Nov 11 '13 at 1:16
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As written in the comments, it's simpler draw manually such a graph. The net is plenty of tutorials, and a good guide to start is Tavmjong Bah one, I've found it really useful.

Please note that Inkscape can be used to draw graphs, but isn't a mathematical specific tool (like Octave, Gnuplot, etc), able to give you an accurate plot of the function. Anyway...

As a starting point, you can import the image in Inkscape (by dragging it in Inkscape or using File->Import), better if in a separate layer (so later you can hidden it):

original image

You can trace the image using Path->Trace Bitmap, tweaking a little and updating the preview until you are satisfied, but usually tracing algorithms creates closed paths and for drawings like this the effect isn't optimal (it's ugly!):

image traced with potrace

A better solution, as evidenced by @DA01, is drawing manually the graphs. It's a very simple operation which involves just lines and text (using the proper fonts you can have symbols too), there are a lot of tutorials on the net and - not last - Inkscape provides extensions to plot functions (see examples here, there, ...). You can lock the layer with the original bitmap, add a new layer and drawing on it (perhaps using guidelines, if it helps):

manual drawing using guidelines

The result is a manual drawing that seems like your graph:

manual drawing cleaned

The best way is reading manuals, following tutorials and trying by yourself: graphs like these are goals which everyone can achieve (perhaps with a more specific tool).

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Thanks I will follow your guidelines. –  user2378 Nov 12 '13 at 1:21
I like your answer. Are the greek letters available as text in Inkscape? –  John Nov 13 '13 at 9:21
@John The availability of the letters depends simply from the availability in the font used. In my example I was on a Windows machine and I've used tahoma.ttf selecting the characters with charmap (in Linux you can use other tools). Alternatively, in Inkscape you can insert directly an unicode value by pressing Ctrl-U in text tool (see here). –  Paolo Gibellini Nov 13 '13 at 9:52
That's great, thank You. –  John Nov 14 '13 at 5:32
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