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#!/usr/bin/env python

The new ticker code was designed to explicitly support user customized
ticking.  The documentation
http://matplotlib.org/matplotlib.ticker.html details this
process.  That code defines a lot of preset tickers but was primarily
designed to be user extensible.

In this example a user defined function is used to format the ticks in
millions of dollars on the y axis
from matplotlib.ticker import FuncFormatter
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

x = np.arange(4)
money = [1.5e5, 2.5e6, 5.5e6, 2.0e7]

def millions(x, pos):
    'The two args are the value and tick position'
    return '$%1.1fM' % (x*1e-6)

formatter = FuncFormatter(millions)

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
plt.bar(x, money)
plt.xticks(x + 0.5, ('Bill', 'Fred', 'Mary', 'Sue'))

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