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matplotlib.pyplot.xticks(*args, **kwargs)

Get or set the x-limits of the current tick locations and labels.

# return locs, labels where locs is an array of tick locations and
# labels is an array of tick labels.
locs, labels = xticks()

# set the locations of the xticks
xticks( arange(6) )

# set the locations and labels of the xticks
xticks( arange(5), ('Tom', 'Dick', 'Harry', 'Sally', 'Sue') )

The keyword args, if any, are Text properties. For example, to rotate long labels:

xticks( arange(12), calendar.month_name[1:13], rotation=17 )