Bases: matplotlib.artist.Artist
The Axes contains most of the figure elements: Axis, Tick, Line2D, Text, Polygon, etc., and sets the coordinate system.
The Axes instance supports callbacks through a callbacks attribute which is a CallbackRegistry instance. The events you can connect to are ‘xlim_changed’ and ‘ylim_changed’ and the callback will be called with func(ax) where ax is the Axes instance.
Plot the autocorrelation of x.
Call signature:
acorr(x, normed=True, detrend=mlab.detrend_none, usevlines=True,
maxlags=10, **kwargs)
If normed = True, normalize the data by the autocorrelation at 0th lag. x is detrended by the detrend callable (default no normalization).
Data are plotted as plot(lags, c, **kwargs)
Return value is a tuple (lags, c, line) where:
The default linestyle is None and the default marker is 'o', though these can be overridden with keyword args. The cross correlation is performed with numpy.correlate() with mode = 2.
If usevlines is True, vlines() rather than plot() is used to draw vertical lines from the origin to the acorr. Otherwise, the plot style is determined by the kwargs, which are Line2D properties.
maxlags is a positive integer detailing the number of lags to show. The default value of None will return all (2*len(x)1) lags.
The return value is a tuple (lags, c, linecol, b) where
 linecol is the LineCollection
 b is the xaxis.
Example:
xcorr() is top graph, and acorr() is bottom graph.
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Add a Collection instance to the axes.
Returns the collection.
Add a Container instance to the axes.
Returns the collection.
Add a Patch p to the list of axes patches; the clipbox will be set to the Axes clipping box. If the transform is not set, it will be set to transData.
Returns the patch.
Add a Table instance to the list of axes tables
Returns the table.
Create an annotation: a piece of text referring to a data point.
Call signature:
annotate(s, xy, xytext=None, xycoords='data',
textcoords='data', arrowprops=None, **kwargs)
Keyword arguments:
Annotate the x, y point xy with text s at x, y location xytext. (If xytext = None, defaults to xy, and if textcoords = None, defaults to xycoords).
arrowprops, if not None, is a dictionary of line properties (see matplotlib.lines.Line2D) for the arrow that connects annotation to the point.
If the dictionary has a key arrowstyle, a FancyArrowPatch instance is created with the given dictionary and is drawn. Otherwise, a YAArow patch instance is created and drawn. Valid keys for YAArow are
Key  Description 

width  the width of the arrow in points 
frac  the fraction of the arrow length occupied by the head 
headwidth  the width of the base of the arrow head in points 
shrink  oftentimes it is convenient to have the arrowtip and base a bit away from the text and point being annotated. If d is the distance between the text and annotated point, shrink will shorten the arrow so the tip and base are shink percent of the distance d away from the endpoints. ie, shrink=0.05 is 5% 
?  any key for matplotlib.patches.polygon 
Valid keys for FancyArrowPatch are
Key  Description 

arrowstyle  the arrow style 
connectionstyle  the connection style 
relpos  default is (0.5, 0.5) 
patchA  default is bounding box of the text 
patchB  default is None 
shrinkA  default is 2 points 
shrinkB  default is 2 points 
mutation_scale  default is text size (in points) 
mutation_aspect  default is 1. 
?  any key for matplotlib.patches.PathPatch 
xycoords and textcoords are strings that indicate the coordinates of xy and xytext.
Property  Description 

‘figure points’  points from the lower left corner of the figure 
‘figure pixels’  pixels from the lower left corner of the figure 
‘figure fraction’  0,0 is lower left of figure and 1,1 is upper right 
‘axes points’  points from lower left corner of axes 
‘axes pixels’  pixels from lower left corner of axes 
‘axes fraction’  0,0 is lower left of axes and 1,1 is upper right 
‘data’  use the coordinate system of the object being annotated (default) 
‘offset points’  Specify an offset (in points) from the xy value 
‘polar’  you can specify theta, r for the annotation, even in cartesian plots. Note that if you are using a polar axes, you do not need to specify polar for the coordinate system since that is the native “data” coordinate system. 
If a ‘points’ or ‘pixels’ option is specified, values will be added to the bottomleft and if negative, values will be subtracted from the topright. e.g.:
# 10 points to the right of the left border of the axes and
# 5 points below the top border
xy=(10,5), xycoords='axes points'
You may use an instance of Transform or Artist. See Annotating Axes for more details.
The annotation_clip attribute contols the visibility of the annotation when it goes outside the axes area. If True, the annotation will only be drawn when the xy is inside the axes. If False, the annotation will always be drawn regardless of its position. The default is None, which behave as True only if xycoords is”data”.
Additional kwargs are Text properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] axes an Axes instance backgroundcolor any matplotlib color bbox rectangle prop dict clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color any matplotlib color contains a callable function family or fontfamily or fontname or name [FONTNAME  ‘serif’  ‘sansserif’  ‘cursive’  ‘fantasy’  ‘monospace’ ] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fontproperties or font_properties a matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties instance gid an id string horizontalalignment or ha [ ‘center’  ‘right’  ‘left’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linespacing float (multiple of font size) lod [True  False] multialignment [‘left’  ‘right’  ‘center’ ] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] position (x,y) rasterized [True  False  None] rotation [ angle in degrees  ‘vertical’  ‘horizontal’ ] rotation_mode unknown size or fontsize [size in points  ‘xxsmall’  ‘xsmall’  ‘small’  ‘medium’  ‘large’  ‘xlarge’  ‘xxlarge’ ] sketch_params unknown snap unknown stretch or fontstretch [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultracondensed’  ‘extracondensed’  ‘condensed’  ‘semicondensed’  ‘normal’  ‘semiexpanded’  ‘expanded’  ‘extraexpanded’  ‘ultraexpanded’ ] style or fontstyle [ ‘normal’  ‘italic’  ‘oblique’] text string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. transform Transform instance url a url string variant or fontvariant [ ‘normal’  ‘smallcaps’ ] verticalalignment or va or ma [ ‘center’  ‘top’  ‘bottom’  ‘baseline’ ] visible [True  False] weight or fontweight [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultralight’  ‘light’  ‘normal’  ‘regular’  ‘book’  ‘medium’  ‘roman’  ‘semibold’  ‘demibold’  ‘demi’  ‘bold’  ‘heavy’  ‘extra bold’  ‘black’ ] x float y float zorder any number
Use _aspect() and _adjustable() to modify the axes box or the view limits.
Add an arrow to the axes.
Call signature:
arrow(x, y, dx, dy, **kwargs)
Draws arrow on specified axis from (x, y) to (x + dx, y + dy). Uses FancyArrow patch to construct the arrow.
The resulting arrow is affected by the axes aspect ratio and limits. This may produce an arrow whose head is not square with its stem. To create an arrow whose head is square with its stem, use annotate().
Optional kwargs control the arrow construction and properties:
Other valid kwargs (inherited from Patch) are:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
Example:
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Autoscale the axis view to the data (toggle).
Convenience method for simple axis view autoscaling. It turns autoscaling on or off, and then, if autoscaling for either axis is on, it performs the autoscaling on the specified axis or axes.
Returns None.
Autoscale the view limits using the data limits. You can selectively autoscale only a single axis, eg, the xaxis by setting scaley to False. The autoscaling preserves any axis direction reversal that has already been done.
The data limits are not updated automatically when artist data are changed after the artist has been added to an Axes instance. In that case, use matplotlib.axes.Axes.relim() prior to calling autoscale_view.
Add a horizontal line across the axis.
Call signature:
axhline(y=0, xmin=0, xmax=1, **kwargs)
Draw a horizontal line at y from xmin to xmax. With the default values of xmin = 0 and xmax = 1, this line will always span the horizontal extent of the axes, regardless of the xlim settings, even if you change them, e.g., with the set_xlim() command. That is, the horizontal extent is in axes coords: 0=left, 0.5=middle, 1.0=right but the y location is in data coordinates.
Return value is the Line2D instance. kwargs are the same as kwargs to plot, and can be used to control the line properties. e.g.,
draw a thick red hline at y = 0 that spans the xrange:
>>> axhline(linewidth=4, color='r')
draw a default hline at y = 1 that spans the xrange:
>>> axhline(y=1)
draw a default hline at y = .5 that spans the the middle half of the xrange:
>>> axhline(y=.5, xmin=0.25, xmax=0.75)
Valid kwargs are Line2D properties, with the exception of ‘transform’:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
See also
Add a horizontal span (rectangle) across the axis.
Call signature:
axhspan(ymin, ymax, xmin=0, xmax=1, **kwargs)
y coords are in data units and x coords are in axes (relative 01) units.
Draw a horizontal span (rectangle) from ymin to ymax. With the default values of xmin = 0 and xmax = 1, this always spans the xrange, regardless of the xlim settings, even if you change them, e.g., with the set_xlim() command. That is, the horizontal extent is in axes coords: 0=left, 0.5=middle, 1.0=right but the y location is in data coordinates.
Return value is a matplotlib.patches.Polygon instance.
Examples:
draw a gray rectangle from y = 0.250.75 that spans the horizontal extent of the axes:
>>> axhspan(0.25, 0.75, facecolor='0.5', alpha=0.5)
Valid kwargs are Polygon properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
Example:
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Convenience method for manipulating the x and y view limits and the aspect ratio of the plot. For details, see axis().
kwargs are passed on to set_xlim() and set_ylim()
Add a vertical line across the axes.
Call signature:
axvline(x=0, ymin=0, ymax=1, **kwargs)
Draw a vertical line at x from ymin to ymax. With the default values of ymin = 0 and ymax = 1, this line will always span the vertical extent of the axes, regardless of the ylim settings, even if you change them, e.g., with the set_ylim() command. That is, the vertical extent is in axes coords: 0=bottom, 0.5=middle, 1.0=top but the x location is in data coordinates.
Return value is the Line2D instance. kwargs are the same as kwargs to plot, and can be used to control the line properties. e.g.,
draw a thick red vline at x = 0 that spans the yrange:
>>> axvline(linewidth=4, color='r')
draw a default vline at x = 1 that spans the yrange:
>>> axvline(x=1)
draw a default vline at x = .5 that spans the the middle half of the yrange:
>>> axvline(x=.5, ymin=0.25, ymax=0.75)
Valid kwargs are Line2D properties, with the exception of ‘transform’:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
See also
Add a vertical span (rectangle) across the axes.
Call signature:
axvspan(xmin, xmax, ymin=0, ymax=1, **kwargs)
x coords are in data units and y coords are in axes (relative 01) units.
Draw a vertical span (rectangle) from xmin to xmax. With the default values of ymin = 0 and ymax = 1, this always spans the yrange, regardless of the ylim settings, even if you change them, e.g., with the set_ylim() command. That is, the vertical extent is in axes coords: 0=bottom, 0.5=middle, 1.0=top but the y location is in data coordinates.
Return value is the matplotlib.patches.Polygon instance.
Examples:
draw a vertical green translucent rectangle from x=1.25 to 1.55 that spans the yrange of the axes:
>>> axvspan(1.25, 1.55, facecolor='g', alpha=0.5)
Valid kwargs are Polygon properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
See also
Make a bar plot.
Make a bar plot with rectangles bounded by:
 left, left + width, bottom, bottom + height
 (left, right, bottom and top edges)
Parameters :  left : sequence of scalars
height : sequence of scalars
width : scalar or arraylike, optional, default: 0.8
bottom : scalar or arraylike, optional, default: None
color : scalar or arraylike, optional
edgecolor : scalar or arraylike, optional
linewidth : scalar or arraylike, optional, default: None
xerr : scalar or arraylike, optional, default: None
yerr :scalar or arraylike, optional, default: None :
ecolor : scalar or arraylike, optional, default: None
capsize : integer, optional, default: 3
error_kw : :
align : [‘edge’  ‘center’], optional, default: ‘edge’
orientation : ‘vertical’  ‘horizontal’, optional, default: ‘vertical’
log : boolean, optional, default: False


Returns :  :class:`matplotlib.patches.Rectangle` instances. : 
Notes
The optional arguments color, edgecolor, linewidth, xerr, and yerr can be either scalars or sequences of length equal to the number of bars. This enables you to use bar as the basis for stacked bar charts, or candlestick plots. Detail: xerr and yerr are passed directly to errorbar(), so they can also have shape 2xN for independent specification of lower and upper errors.
Other optional kwargs:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
Example: A stacked bar chart.
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Plot a 2D field of barbs.
Call signatures:
barb(U, V, **kw)
barb(U, V, C, **kw)
barb(X, Y, U, V, **kw)
barb(X, Y, U, V, C, **kw)
Arguments:
 X, Y:
 The x and y coordinates of the barb locations (default is head of barb; see pivot kwarg)
 U, V:
 Give the x and y components of the barb shaft
 C:
 An optional array used to map colors to the barbs
All arguments may be 1D or 2D arrays or sequences. If X and Y are absent, they will be generated as a uniform grid. If U and V are 2D arrays but X and Y are 1D, and if len(X) and len(Y) match the column and row dimensions of U, then X and Y will be expanded with numpy.meshgrid().
U, V, C may be masked arrays, but masked X, Y are not supported at present.
Keyword arguments:
 length:
 Length of the barb in points; the other parts of the barb are scaled against this. Default is 9
 pivot: [ ‘tip’  ‘middle’ ]
 The part of the arrow that is at the grid point; the arrow rotates about this point, hence the name pivot. Default is ‘tip’
 barbcolor: [ color  color sequence ]
 Specifies the color all parts of the barb except any flags. This parameter is analagous to the edgecolor parameter for polygons, which can be used instead. However this parameter will override facecolor.
 flagcolor: [ color  color sequence ]
 Specifies the color of any flags on the barb. This parameter is analagous to the facecolor parameter for polygons, which can be used instead. However this parameter will override facecolor. If this is not set (and C has not either) then flagcolor will be set to match barbcolor so that the barb has a uniform color. If C has been set, flagcolor has no effect.
 sizes:
A dictionary of coefficients specifying the ratio of a given feature to the length of the barb. Only those values one wishes to override need to be included. These features include:
 ‘spacing’  space between features (flags, full/half barbs)
 ‘height’  height (distance from shaft to top) of a flag or full barb
 ‘width’  width of a flag, twice the width of a full barb
 ‘emptybarb’  radius of the circle used for low magnitudes
 fill_empty:
 A flag on whether the empty barbs (circles) that are drawn should be filled with the flag color. If they are not filled, they will be drawn such that no color is applied to the center. Default is False
 rounding:
 A flag to indicate whether the vector magnitude should be rounded when allocating barb components. If True, the magnitude is rounded to the nearest multiple of the halfbarb increment. If False, the magnitude is simply truncated to the next lowest multiple. Default is True
 barb_increments:
A dictionary of increments specifying values to associate with different parts of the barb. Only those values one wishes to override need to be included.
 ‘half’  half barbs (Default is 5)
 ‘full’  full barbs (Default is 10)
 ‘flag’  flags (default is 50)
 flip_barb:
 Either a single boolean flag or an array of booleans. Single boolean indicates whether the lines and flags should point opposite to normal for all barbs. An array (which should be the same size as the other data arrays) indicates whether to flip for each individual barb. Normal behavior is for the barbs and lines to point right (comes from wind barbs having these features point towards low pressure in the Northern Hemisphere.) Default is False
Barbs are traditionally used in meteorology as a way to plot the speed and direction of wind observations, but can technically be used to plot any two dimensional vector quantity. As opposed to arrows, which give vector magnitude by the length of the arrow, the barbs give more quantitative information about the vector magnitude by putting slanted lines or a triangle for various increments in magnitude, as show schematically below:
: /\ \
: / \ \
: / \ \ \
: / \ \ \
: 
The largest increment is given by a triangle (or “flag”). After those come full lines (barbs). The smallest increment is a half line. There is only, of course, ever at most 1 half line. If the magnitude is small and only needs a single halfline and no full lines or triangles, the halfline is offset from the end of the barb so that it can be easily distinguished from barbs with a single full line. The magnitude for the barb shown above would nominally be 65, using the standard increments of 50, 10, and 5.
linewidths and edgecolors can be used to customize the barb. Additional PolyCollection keyword arguments:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
Example:
Make a horizontal bar plot.
Call signature:
barh(bottom, width, height=0.8, left=0, **kwargs)
Make a horizontal bar plot with rectangles bounded by:
 left, left + width, bottom, bottom + height
 (left, right, bottom and top edges)
bottom, width, height, and left can be either scalars or sequences
Return value is a list of matplotlib.patches.Rectangle instances.
Required arguments:
Argument Description bottom the vertical positions of the bottom edges of the bars width the lengths of the bars
Optional keyword arguments:
Keyword Description height the heights (thicknesses) of the bars left the x coordinates of the left edges of the bars color the colors of the bars edgecolor the colors of the bar edges linewidth width of bar edges; None means use default linewidth; 0 means don’t draw edges. xerr if not None, will be used to generate errorbars on the bar chart yerr if not None, will be used to generate errorbars on the bar chart ecolor specifies the color of any errorbar capsize (default 3) determines the length in points of the error bar caps align ‘edge’ (default)  ‘center’ log [FalseTrue] False (default) leaves the horizontal axis asis; True sets it to log scale
Setting align = ‘edge’ aligns bars by their bottom edges in bottom, while align = ‘center’ interprets these values as the y coordinates of the bar centers.
The optional arguments color, edgecolor, linewidth, xerr, and yerr can be either scalars or sequences of length equal to the number of bars. This enables you to use barh as the basis for stacked bar charts, or candlestick plots.
other optional kwargs:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
Make a box and whisker plot.
Call signature:
boxplot(x, notch=False, sym='+', vert=True, whis=1.5,
positions=None, widths=None, patch_artist=False,
bootstrap=None, usermedians=None, conf_intervals=None)
Make a box and whisker plot for each column of x or each vector in sequence x. The box extends from the lower to upper quartile values of the data, with a line at the median. The whiskers extend from the box to show the range of the data. Flier points are those past the end of the whiskers.
Function Arguments:
 x :
 Array or a sequence of vectors.
 notch : [ False (default)  True ]
 If False (default), produces a rectangular box plot. If True, will produce a notched box plot
 sym : [ default ‘b+’ ]
 The default symbol for flier points. Enter an empty string (‘’) if you don’t want to show fliers.
 vert : [ False  True (default) ]
 If True (default), makes the boxes vertical. If False, makes horizontal boxes.
 whis : [ default 1.5 ]
 Defines the length of the whiskers as a function of the inner quartile range. They extend to the most extreme data point within ( whis*(75%25%) ) data range.
 bootstrap : [ None (default)  integer ]
 Specifies whether to bootstrap the confidence intervals around the median for notched boxplots. If bootstrap==None, no bootstrapping is performed, and notches are calculated using a Gaussianbased asymptotic approximation (see McGill, R., Tukey, J.W., and Larsen, W.A., 1978, and Kendall and Stuart, 1967). Otherwise, bootstrap specifies the number of times to bootstrap the median to determine it’s 95% confidence intervals. Values between 1000 and 10000 are recommended.
 usermedians : [ default None ]
 An array or sequence whose first dimension (or length) is compatible with x. This overrides the medians computed by matplotlib for each element of usermedians that is not None. When an element of usermedians == None, the median will be computed directly as normal.
 conf_intervals : [ default None ]
 Array or sequence whose first dimension (or length) is compatible with x and whose second dimension is 2. When the current element of conf_intervals is not None, the notch locations computed by matplotlib are overridden (assuming notch is True). When an element of conf_intervals is None, boxplot compute notches the method specified by the other kwargs (e.g., bootstrap).
 positions : [ default 1,2,...,n ]
 Sets the horizontal positions of the boxes. The ticks and limits are automatically set to match the positions.
 widths : [ default 0.5 ]
 Either a scalar or a vector and sets the width of each box. The default is 0.5, or 0.15*(distance between extreme positions) if that is smaller.
 patch_artist : [ False (default)  True ]
 If False produces boxes with the Line2D artist If True produces boxes with the Patch artist
Returns a dictionary mapping each component of the boxplot to a list of the matplotlib.lines.Line2D instances created. That dictionary has the following keys (assuming vertical boxplots):
 boxes: the main body of the boxplot showing the quartiles and the median’s confidence intervals if enabled.
 medians: horizonal lines at the median of each box.
 whiskers: the vertical lines extending to the most extreme, noutlier data points.
 caps: the horizontal lines at the ends of the whiskers.
 fliers: points representing data that extend beyone the whiskers (outliers).
Example:
Plot horizontal bars.
Call signature:
broken_barh(self, xranges, yrange, **kwargs)
A collection of horizontal bars spanning yrange with a sequence of xranges.
Required arguments:
Argument Description xranges sequence of (xmin, xwidth) yrange sequence of (ymin, ywidth)
kwargs are matplotlib.collections.BrokenBarHCollection properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
these can either be a single argument, ie:
facecolors = 'black'
or a sequence of arguments for the various bars, ie:
facecolors = ('black', 'red', 'green')
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
Return True if this axes supports any pan/zoom button functionality.
Return True if this axes supports the zoom box button functionality.
Clear the current axes.
Label a contour plot.
Call signature:
clabel(cs, **kwargs)
Adds labels to line contours in cs, where cs is a ContourSet object returned by contour.
clabel(cs, v, **kwargs)
only labels contours listed in v.
Optional keyword arguments:
 fontsize:
 size in points or relative size eg ‘smaller’, ‘xlarge’
 colors:
 if None, the color of each label matches the color of the corresponding contour
 if one string color, e.g., colors = ‘r’ or colors = ‘red’, all labels will be plotted in this color
 if a tuple of matplotlib color args (string, float, rgb, etc), different labels will be plotted in different colors in the order specified
 inline:
 controls whether the underlying contour is removed or not. Default is True.
 inline_spacing:
 space in pixels to leave on each side of label when placing inline. Defaults to 5. This spacing will be exact for labels at locations where the contour is straight, less so for labels on curved contours.
 fmt:
 a format string for the label. Default is ‘%1.3f’ Alternatively, this can be a dictionary matching contour levels with arbitrary strings to use for each contour level (i.e., fmt[level]=string), or it can be any callable, such as a Formatter instance, that returns a string when called with a numeric contour level.
 manual:
if True, contour labels will be placed manually using mouse clicks. Click the first button near a contour to add a label, click the second button (or potentially both mouse buttons at once) to finish adding labels. The third button can be used to remove the last label added, but only if labels are not inline. Alternatively, the keyboard can be used to select label locations (enter to end label placement, delete or backspace act like the third mouse button, and any other key will select a label location).
manual can be an iterable object of x,y tuples. Contour labels will be created as if mouse is clicked at each x,y positions.
 rightside_up:
 if True (default), label rotations will always be plus or minus 90 degrees from level.
 use_clabeltext:
 if True (default is False), ClabelText class (instead of matplotlib.Text) is used to create labels. ClabelText recalculates rotation angles of texts during the drawing time, therefore this can be used if aspect of the axes changes.
clear the axes
Plot the coherence between x and y.
Call signature:
cohere(x, y, NFFT=256, Fs=2, Fc=0, detrend = mlab.detrend_none,
window = mlab.window_hanning, noverlap=0, pad_to=None,
sides='default', scale_by_freq=None, **kwargs)
Plot the coherence between x and y. Coherence is the normalized cross spectral density:
Keyword arguments:
 NFFT: integer
 The number of data points used in each block for the FFT. Must be even; a power 2 is most efficient. The default value is 256. This should NOT be used to get zero padding, or the scaling of the result will be incorrect. Use pad_to for this instead.
 Fs: scalar
 The sampling frequency (samples per time unit). It is used to calculate the Fourier frequencies, freqs, in cycles per time unit. The default value is 2.
 detrend: callable
 The function applied to each segment before ffting, designed to remove the mean or linear trend. Unlike in MATLAB, where the detrend parameter is a vector, in matplotlib is it a function. The pylab module defines detrend_none(), detrend_mean(), and detrend_linear(), but you can use a custom function as well.
 window: callable or ndarray
 A function or a vector of length NFFT. To create window vectors see window_hanning(), window_none(), numpy.blackman(), numpy.hamming(), numpy.bartlett(), scipy.signal(), scipy.signal.get_window(), etc. The default is window_hanning(). If a function is passed as the argument, it must take a data segment as an argument and return the windowed version of the segment.
 pad_to: integer
 The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. This can be different from NFFT, which specifies the number of data points used. While not increasing the actual resolution of the psd (the minimum distance between resolvable peaks), this can give more points in the plot, allowing for more detail. This corresponds to the n parameter in the call to fft(). The default is None, which sets pad_to equal to NFFT
 sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the PSD to return. Default gives the default behavior, which returns onesided for real data and both for complex data. ‘onesided’ forces the return of a onesided PSD, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
 scale_by_freq: boolean
 Specifies whether the resulting density values should be scaled by the scaling frequency, which gives density in units of Hz^1. This allows for integration over the returned frequency values. The default is True for MATLAB compatibility.
 noverlap: integer
 The number of points of overlap between blocks. The default value is 0 (no overlap).
 Fc: integer
 The center frequency of x (defaults to 0), which offsets the x extents of the plot to reflect the frequency range used when a signal is acquired and then filtered and downsampled to baseband.
The return value is a tuple (Cxy, f), where f are the frequencies of the coherence vector.
kwargs are applied to the lines.
References:
 Bendat & Piersol – Random Data: Analysis and Measurement Procedures, John Wiley & Sons (1986)
kwargs control the Line2D properties of the coherence plot:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
Test whether the mouse event occured in the axes.
Returns True / False, {}
Returns True if the point (tuple of x,y) is inside the axes (the area defined by the its patch). A pixel coordinate is required.
Plot contours.
contour() and contourf() draw contour lines and filled contours, respectively. Except as noted, function signatures and return values are the same for both versions.
contourf() differs from the MATLAB version in that it does not draw the polygon edges. To draw edges, add line contours with calls to contour().
Call signatures:
contour(Z)
make a contour plot of an array Z. The level values are chosen automatically.
contour(X,Y,Z)
X, Y specify the (x, y) coordinates of the surface
contour(Z,N)
contour(X,Y,Z,N)
contour N automaticallychosen levels.
contour(Z,V)
contour(X,Y,Z,V)
draw contour lines at the values specified in sequence V
contourf(..., V)
fill the len(V)1 regions between the values in V
contour(Z, **kwargs)
Use keyword args to control colors, linewidth, origin, cmap ... see below for more details.
X and Y must both be 2D with the same shape as Z, or they must both be 1D such that len(X) is the number of columns in Z and len(Y) is the number of rows in Z.
C = contour(...) returns a QuadContourSet object.
Optional keyword arguments:
 colors: [ None  string  (mpl_colors) ]
If None, the colormap specified by cmap will be used.
If a string, like ‘r’ or ‘red’, all levels will be plotted in this color.
If a tuple of matplotlib color args (string, float, rgb, etc), different levels will be plotted in different colors in the order specified.
 alpha: float
 The alpha blending value
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A cm Colormap instance or None. If cmap is None and colors is None, a default Colormap is used.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance for scaling data values to colors. If norm is None and colors is None, the default linear scaling is used.
 vmin, vmax: [ None  scalar ]
 If not None, either or both of these values will be supplied to the matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance, overriding the default color scaling based on levels.
 levels: [level0, level1, ..., leveln]
 A list of floating point numbers indicating the level curves to draw; eg to draw just the zero contour pass levels=[0]
 origin: [ None  ‘upper’  ‘lower’  ‘image’ ]
If None, the first value of Z will correspond to the lower left corner, location (0,0). If ‘image’, the rc value for image.origin will be used.
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
extent: [ None  (x0,x1,y0,y1) ]
If origin is not None, then extent is interpreted as in matplotlib.pyplot.imshow(): it gives the outer pixel boundaries. In this case, the position of Z[0,0] is the center of the pixel, not a corner. If origin is None, then (x0, y0) is the position of Z[0,0], and (x1, y1) is the position of Z[1,1].
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
 locator: [ None  ticker.Locator subclass ]
 If locator is None, the default MaxNLocator is used. The locator is used to determine the contour levels if they are not given explicitly via the V argument.
 extend: [ ‘neither’  ‘both’  ‘min’  ‘max’ ]
 Unless this is ‘neither’, contour levels are automatically added to one or both ends of the range so that all data are included. These added ranges are then mapped to the special colormap values which default to the ends of the colormap range, but can be set via matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_under() and matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_over() methods.
 xunits, yunits: [ None  registered units ]
 Override axis units by specifying an instance of a matplotlib.units.ConversionInterface.
 antialiased: [ True  False ]
 enable antialiasing, overriding the defaults. For filled contours, the default is True. For line contours, it is taken from rcParams[‘lines.antialiased’].
contouronly keyword arguments:
 linewidths: [ None  number  tuple of numbers ]
If linewidths is None, the default width in lines.linewidth in matplotlibrc is used.
If a number, all levels will be plotted with this linewidth.
If a tuple, different levels will be plotted with different linewidths in the order specified
 linestyles: [ None  ‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’ ]
If linestyles is None, the default is ‘solid’ unless the lines are monochrome. In that case, negative contours will take their linestyle from the matplotlibrc contour.negative_linestyle setting.
linestyles can also be an iterable of the above strings specifying a set of linestyles to be used. If this iterable is shorter than the number of contour levels it will be repeated as necessary.
contourfonly keyword arguments:
 nchunk: [ 0  integer ]
 If 0, no subdivision of the domain. Specify a positive integer to divide the domain into subdomains of roughly nchunk by nchunk points. This may never actually be advantageous, so this option may be removed. Chunking introduces artifacts at the chunk boundaries unless antialiased is False.
 hatches:
 A list of cross hatch patterns to use on the filled areas. If None, no hatching will be added to the contour. Hatching is supported in the PostScript, PDF, SVG and Agg backends only.
Note: contourf fills intervals that are closed at the top; that is, for boundaries z1 and z2, the filled region is:
z1 < z <= z2
There is one exception: if the lowest boundary coincides with the minimum value of the z array, then that minimum value will be included in the lowest interval.
Examples:
Plot contours.
contour() and contourf() draw contour lines and filled contours, respectively. Except as noted, function signatures and return values are the same for both versions.
contourf() differs from the MATLAB version in that it does not draw the polygon edges. To draw edges, add line contours with calls to contour().
Call signatures:
contour(Z)
make a contour plot of an array Z. The level values are chosen automatically.
contour(X,Y,Z)
X, Y specify the (x, y) coordinates of the surface
contour(Z,N)
contour(X,Y,Z,N)
contour N automaticallychosen levels.
contour(Z,V)
contour(X,Y,Z,V)
draw contour lines at the values specified in sequence V
contourf(..., V)
fill the len(V)1 regions between the values in V
contour(Z, **kwargs)
Use keyword args to control colors, linewidth, origin, cmap ... see below for more details.
X and Y must both be 2D with the same shape as Z, or they must both be 1D such that len(X) is the number of columns in Z and len(Y) is the number of rows in Z.
C = contour(...) returns a QuadContourSet object.
Optional keyword arguments:
 colors: [ None  string  (mpl_colors) ]
If None, the colormap specified by cmap will be used.
If a string, like ‘r’ or ‘red’, all levels will be plotted in this color.
If a tuple of matplotlib color args (string, float, rgb, etc), different levels will be plotted in different colors in the order specified.
 alpha: float
 The alpha blending value
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A cm Colormap instance or None. If cmap is None and colors is None, a default Colormap is used.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance for scaling data values to colors. If norm is None and colors is None, the default linear scaling is used.
 vmin, vmax: [ None  scalar ]
 If not None, either or both of these values will be supplied to the matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance, overriding the default color scaling based on levels.
 levels: [level0, level1, ..., leveln]
 A list of floating point numbers indicating the level curves to draw; eg to draw just the zero contour pass levels=[0]
 origin: [ None  ‘upper’  ‘lower’  ‘image’ ]
If None, the first value of Z will correspond to the lower left corner, location (0,0). If ‘image’, the rc value for image.origin will be used.
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
extent: [ None  (x0,x1,y0,y1) ]
If origin is not None, then extent is interpreted as in matplotlib.pyplot.imshow(): it gives the outer pixel boundaries. In this case, the position of Z[0,0] is the center of the pixel, not a corner. If origin is None, then (x0, y0) is the position of Z[0,0], and (x1, y1) is the position of Z[1,1].
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
 locator: [ None  ticker.Locator subclass ]
 If locator is None, the default MaxNLocator is used. The locator is used to determine the contour levels if they are not given explicitly via the V argument.
 extend: [ ‘neither’  ‘both’  ‘min’  ‘max’ ]
 Unless this is ‘neither’, contour levels are automatically added to one or both ends of the range so that all data are included. These added ranges are then mapped to the special colormap values which default to the ends of the colormap range, but can be set via matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_under() and matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_over() methods.
 xunits, yunits: [ None  registered units ]
 Override axis units by specifying an instance of a matplotlib.units.ConversionInterface.
 antialiased: [ True  False ]
 enable antialiasing, overriding the defaults. For filled contours, the default is True. For line contours, it is taken from rcParams[‘lines.antialiased’].
contouronly keyword arguments:
 linewidths: [ None  number  tuple of numbers ]
If linewidths is None, the default width in lines.linewidth in matplotlibrc is used.
If a number, all levels will be plotted with this linewidth.
If a tuple, different levels will be plotted with different linewidths in the order specified
 linestyles: [ None  ‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’ ]
If linestyles is None, the default is ‘solid’ unless the lines are monochrome. In that case, negative contours will take their linestyle from the matplotlibrc contour.negative_linestyle setting.
linestyles can also be an iterable of the above strings specifying a set of linestyles to be used. If this iterable is shorter than the number of contour levels it will be repeated as necessary.
contourfonly keyword arguments:
 nchunk: [ 0  integer ]
 If 0, no subdivision of the domain. Specify a positive integer to divide the domain into subdomains of roughly nchunk by nchunk points. This may never actually be advantageous, so this option may be removed. Chunking introduces artifacts at the chunk boundaries unless antialiased is False.
 hatches:
 A list of cross hatch patterns to use on the filled areas. If None, no hatching will be added to the contour. Hatching is supported in the PostScript, PDF, SVG and Agg backends only.
Note: contourf fills intervals that are closed at the top; that is, for boundaries z1 and z2, the filled region is:
z1 < z <= z2
There is one exception: if the lowest boundary coincides with the minimum value of the z array, then that minimum value will be included in the lowest interval.
Examples:
Plot crossspectral density.
Call signature:
csd(x, y, NFFT=256, Fs=2, Fc=0, detrend=mlab.detrend_none,
window=mlab.window_hanning, noverlap=0, pad_to=None,
sides='default', scale_by_freq=None, **kwargs)
The cross spectral density by Welch’s average periodogram method. The vectors x and y are divided into NFFT length segments. Each segment is detrended by function detrend and windowed by function window. The product of the direct FFTs of x and y are averaged over each segment to compute , with a scaling to correct for power loss due to windowing.
Returns the tuple (Pxy, freqs). P is the cross spectrum (complex valued), and is plotted.
Keyword arguments:
 NFFT: integer
 The number of data points used in each block for the FFT. Must be even; a power 2 is most efficient. The default value is 256. This should NOT be used to get zero padding, or the scaling of the result will be incorrect. Use pad_to for this instead.
 Fs: scalar
 The sampling frequency (samples per time unit). It is used to calculate the Fourier frequencies, freqs, in cycles per time unit. The default value is 2.
 detrend: callable
 The function applied to each segment before ffting, designed to remove the mean or linear trend. Unlike in MATLAB, where the detrend parameter is a vector, in matplotlib is it a function. The pylab module defines detrend_none(), detrend_mean(), and detrend_linear(), but you can use a custom function as well.
 window: callable or ndarray
 A function or a vector of length NFFT. To create window vectors see window_hanning(), window_none(), numpy.blackman(), numpy.hamming(), numpy.bartlett(), scipy.signal(), scipy.signal.get_window(), etc. The default is window_hanning(). If a function is passed as the argument, it must take a data segment as an argument and return the windowed version of the segment.
 pad_to: integer
 The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. This can be different from NFFT, which specifies the number of data points used. While not increasing the actual resolution of the psd (the minimum distance between resolvable peaks), this can give more points in the plot, allowing for more detail. This corresponds to the n parameter in the call to fft(). The default is None, which sets pad_to equal to NFFT
 sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the PSD to return. Default gives the default behavior, which returns onesided for real data and both for complex data. ‘onesided’ forces the return of a onesided PSD, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
 scale_by_freq: boolean
 Specifies whether the resulting density values should be scaled by the scaling frequency, which gives density in units of Hz^1. This allows for integration over the returned frequency values. The default is True for MATLAB compatibility.
 noverlap: integer
 The number of points of overlap between blocks. The default value is 0 (no overlap).
 Fc: integer
 The center frequency of x (defaults to 0), which offsets the x extents of the plot to reflect the frequency range used when a signal is acquired and then filtered and downsampled to baseband.
kwargs control the Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
Called when the mouse moves during a pan operation.
button is the mouse button number:
key is a “shift” key
x, y are the mouse coordinates in display coords.
Note
Intended to be overridden by new projection types.
Draw everything (plot lines, axes, labels)
This method can only be used after an initial draw which caches the renderer. It is used to efficiently update Axes data (axis ticks, labels, etc are not updated)
Called when a pan operation completes (when the mouse button is up.)
Note
Intended to be overridden by new projection types.
Plot an errorbar graph.
Call signature:
errorbar(x, y, yerr=None, xerr=None,
fmt='', ecolor=None, elinewidth=None, capsize=3,
barsabove=False, lolims=False, uplims=False,
xlolims=False, xuplims=False, errorevery=1,
capthick=None)
Plot x versus y with error deltas in yerr and xerr. Vertical errorbars are plotted if yerr is not None. Horizontal errorbars are plotted if xerr is not None.
x, y, xerr, and yerr can all be scalars, which plots a single error bar at x, y.
Optional keyword arguments:
 xerr/yerr: [ scalar  N, Nx1, or 2xN arraylike ]
If a scalar number, len(N) arraylike object, or an Nx1 arraylike object, errorbars are drawn at +/value relative to the data.
If a sequence of shape 2xN, errorbars are drawn at row1 and +row2 relative to the data.
 fmt: ‘‘
 The plot format symbol. If fmt is None, only the errorbars are plotted. This is used for adding errorbars to a bar plot, for example.
 ecolor: [ None  mpl color ]
 A matplotlib color arg which gives the color the errorbar lines; if None, use the marker color.
 elinewidth: scalar
 The linewidth of the errorbar lines. If None, use the linewidth.
 capsize: scalar
 The length of the error bar caps in points
 capthick: scalar
 An alias kwarg to markeredgewidth (a.k.a.  mew). This setting is a more sensible name for the property that controls the thickness of the error bar cap in points. For backwards compatibility, if mew or markeredgewidth are given, then they will override capthick. This may change in future releases.
 barsabove: [ True  False ]
 if True, will plot the errorbars above the plot symbols. Default is below.
 lolims / uplims / xlolims / xuplims: [ False  True ]
 These arguments can be used to indicate that a value gives only upper/lower limits. In that case a caret symbol is used to indicate this. limsarguments may be of the same type as xerr and yerr.
 errorevery: positive integer
 subsamples the errorbars. e.g., if everyerror=5, errorbars for every 5th datapoint will be plotted. The data plot itself still shows all data points.
All other keyword arguments are passed on to the plot command for the markers. For example, this code makes big red squares with thick green edges:
x,y,yerr = rand(3,10)
errorbar(x, y, yerr, marker='s',
mfc='red', mec='green', ms=20, mew=4)
where mfc, mec, ms and mew are aliases for the longer property names, markerfacecolor, markeredgecolor, markersize and markeredgewith.
valid kwargs for the marker properties are
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Returns (plotline, caplines, barlinecols):
 plotline: Line2D instance
 x, y plot markers and/or line
 caplines: list of error bar cap
 Line2D instances
 barlinecols: list of
 LineCollection instances for the horizontal and vertical error ranges.
Example:
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Plot identical parallel lines at specific positions.
Call signature:
eventplot(positions, orientation='horizontal', lineoffsets=0,
linelengths=1, linewidths=None, color =None,
linestyles='solid'
Plot parallel lines at the given positions. positions should be a 1D or 2D arraylike object, with each row corresponding to a row or column of lines.
This type of plot is commonly used in neuroscience for representing neural events, where it is commonly called a spike raster, dot raster, or raster plot.
However, it is useful in any situation where you wish to show the timing or position of multiple sets of discrete events, such as the arrival times of people to a business on each day of the month or the date of hurricanes each year of the last century.
For linelengths, linewidths, colors, and linestyles, if only a single value is given, that value is applied to all lines. If an arraylike is given, it must have the same length as positions, and each value will be applied to the corresponding row or column in positions.
Returns a list of matplotlib.collections.EventCollection objects that were added.
kwargs are LineCollection properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] segments unknown sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown verts unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
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Plot filled polygons.
Call signature:
fill(*args, **kwargs)
args is a variable length argument, allowing for multiple x, y pairs with an optional color format string; see plot() for details on the argument parsing. For example, to plot a polygon with vertices at x, y in blue.:
ax.fill(x,y, 'b' )
An arbitrary number of x, y, color groups can be specified:
ax.fill(x1, y1, 'g', x2, y2, 'r')
Return value is a list of Patch instances that were added.
The same color strings that plot() supports are supported by the fill format string.
If you would like to fill below a curve, e.g., shade a region between 0 and y along x, use fill_between()
The closed kwarg will close the polygon when True (default).
kwargs control the Polygon properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] or None for default axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color matplotlib color spec contains a callable function edgecolor or ec mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor or fc mpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fill [True  False] gid an id string hatch [‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth or lw float or None for default lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
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Make filled polygons between two curves.
Call signature:
fill_between(x, y1, y2=0, where=None, **kwargs)
Create a PolyCollection filling the regions between y1 and y2 where where==True
 x :
 An Nlength array of the x data
 y1 :
 An Nlength array (or scalar) of the y data
 y2 :
 An Nlength array (or scalar) of the y data
 where :
 If None, default to fill between everywhere. If not None, it is an Nlength numpy boolean array and the fill will only happen over the regions where where==True.
 interpolate :
 If True, interpolate between the two lines to find the precise point of intersection. Otherwise, the start and end points of the filled region will only occur on explicit values in the x array.
 kwargs :
 Keyword args passed on to the PolyCollection.
kwargs control the Polygon properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
See also
Make filled polygons between two horizontal curves.
Call signature:
fill_betweenx(y, x1, x2=0, where=None, **kwargs)
Create a PolyCollection filling the regions between x1 and x2 where where==True
 y :
 An Nlength array of the y data
 x1 :
 An Nlength array (or scalar) of the x data
 x2 :
 An Nlength array (or scalar) of the x data
 where :
 If None, default to fill between everywhere. If not None, it is a N length numpy boolean array and the fill will only happen over the regions where where==True
 kwargs :
 keyword args passed on to the PolyCollection
kwargs control the Polygon properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
See also
Return a format string formatting the x, y coord
Return x string formatted. This function will use the attribute self.fmt_xdata if it is callable, else will fall back on the xaxis major formatter
Return y string formatted. This function will use the fmt_ydata attribute if it is callable, else will fall back on the yaxis major formatter
Get whether autoscaling is applied for both axes on plot commands
Get whether autoscaling for the xaxis is applied on plot commands
Get whether autoscaling for the yaxis is applied on plot commands
return axes_locator
Return the axis background color
Get whether axis below is true or not
return a list of child artists
Return the cursor propertiess as a (linewidth, color) tuple, where linewidth is a float and color is an RGBA tuple
Returns the aspect ratio of the raw data.
This method is intended to be overridden by new projection types.
Returns the aspect ratio of the raw data in log scale. Will be used when both axis scales are in log.
Get whether the axes rectangle patch is drawn
return a list of Axes images contained by the Axes
Return the legend.Legend instance, or None if no legend is defined
Return handles and labels for legend
ax.legend() is equivalent to
h, l = ax.get_legend_handles_labels()
ax.legend(h, l)
Return a list of lines contained by the Axes
Get whether the axes responds to navigation commands
Get the navigation toolbar button status: ‘PAN’, ‘ZOOM’, or None
Return the a copy of the axes rectangle as a Bbox
Get zorder value below which artists will be rasterized
Return a copy of the shared axes Grouper object for x axes
Return a copy of the shared axes Grouper object for y axes
Return the tight bounding box of the axes. The dimension of the Bbox in canvas coordinate.
If call_axes_locator is False, it does not call the _axes_locator attribute, which is necessary to get the correct bounding box. call_axes_locator==False can be used if the caller is only intereted in the relative size of the tightbbox compared to the axes bbox.
Get an axes title.
Get one of the three available axes titles. The available titles are positioned above the axes in the center, flush with the left edge, and flush with the right edge.
Parameters :  loc : {‘center’, ‘left’, ‘right’}, str, optional


Returns :  title: str :

get the axes bounding box in display space; args and kwargs are empty
Return the XAxis instance
Get the transformation used for drawing xaxis labels, which will add the given amount of padding (in points) between the axes and the label. The xdirection is in data coordinates and the ydirection is in axis coordinates. Returns a 3tuple of the form:
(transform, valign, halign)
where valign and halign are requested alignments for the text.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Get the transformation used for drawing the secondary xaxis labels, which will add the given amount of padding (in points) between the axes and the label. The xdirection is in data coordinates and the ydirection is in axis coordinates. Returns a 3tuple of the form:
(transform, valign, halign)
where valign and halign are requested alignments for the text.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Get the transformation used for drawing xaxis labels, ticks and gridlines. The xdirection is in data coordinates and the ydirection is in axis coordinates.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Returns the xaxis numerical bounds where:
lowerBound < upperBound
Get the x grid lines as a list of Line2D instances
Get the xlabel text string.
Get the xaxis range [left, right]
Get the x minor tick labels as a list of matplotlib.text.Text instances.
Return the xaxis scale string: linear, log, symlog
Get the xtick lines as a list of Line2D instances
Return the x ticks as a list of locations
Return the YAxis instance
Get the transformation used for drawing yaxis labels, which will add the given amount of padding (in points) between the axes and the label. The xdirection is in axis coordinates and the ydirection is in data coordinates. Returns a 3tuple of the form:
(transform, valign, halign)
where valign and halign are requested alignments for the text.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Get the transformation used for drawing the secondary yaxis labels, which will add the given amount of padding (in points) between the axes and the label. The xdirection is in axis coordinates and the ydirection is in data coordinates. Returns a 3tuple of the form:
(transform, valign, halign)
where valign and halign are requested alignments for the text.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Get the transformation used for drawing yaxis labels, ticks and gridlines. The xdirection is in axis coordinates and the ydirection is in data coordinates.
Note
This transformation is primarily used by the Axis class, and is meant to be overridden by new kinds of projections that may need to place axis elements in different locations.
Return yaxis numerical bounds in the form of lowerBound < upperBound
Get the y grid lines as a list of Line2D instances
Get the ylabel text string.
Get the yaxis range [bottom, top]
Return the yaxis scale string: linear, log, symlog
Get the ytick lines as a list of Line2D instances
Return the y ticks as a list of locations
Turn the axes grids on or off.
Call signature:
grid(self, b=None, which='major', axis='both', **kwargs)
Set the axes grids on or off; b is a boolean. (For MATLAB compatibility, b may also be a string, ‘on’ or ‘off’.)
If b is None and len(kwargs)==0, toggle the grid state. If kwargs are supplied, it is assumed that you want a grid and b is thus set to True.
which can be ‘major’ (default), ‘minor’, or ‘both’ to control whether major tick grids, minor tick grids, or both are affected.
axis can be ‘both’ (default), ‘x’, or ‘y’ to control which set of gridlines are drawn.
kwargs are used to set the grid line properties, eg:
ax.grid(color='r', linestyle='', linewidth=2)
Valid Line2D kwargs are
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Return True if any artists have been added to axes.
This should not be used to determine whether the dataLim need to be updated, and may not actually be useful for anything.
Make a hexagonal binning plot.
Call signature:
hexbin(x, y, C = None, gridsize = 100, bins = None,
xscale = 'linear', yscale = 'linear',
cmap=None, norm=None, vmin=None, vmax=None,
alpha=None, linewidths=None, edgecolors='none'
reduce_C_function = np.mean, mincnt=None, marginals=True
**kwargs)
Make a hexagonal binning plot of x versus y, where x, y are 1D sequences of the same length, N. If C is None (the default), this is a histogram of the number of occurences of the observations at (x[i],y[i]).
If C is specified, it specifies values at the coordinate (x[i],y[i]). These values are accumulated for each hexagonal bin and then reduced according to reduce_C_function, which defaults to numpy’s mean function (np.mean). (If C is specified, it must also be a 1D sequence of the same length as x and y.)
x, y and/or C may be masked arrays, in which case only unmasked points will be plotted.
Optional keyword arguments:
If None, no binning is applied; the color of each hexagon directly corresponds to its count value.
If ‘log’, use a logarithmic scale for the color map. Internally, is used to determine the hexagon color.
If an integer, divide the counts in the specified number of bins, and color the hexagons accordingly.
If a sequence of values, the values of the lower bound of the bins to be used.
Other keyword arguments controlling color mapping and normalization arguments:
Other keyword arguments controlling the Collection properties:
If 'none', draws the edges in the same color as the fill color. This is the default, as it avoids unsightly unpainted pixels between the hexagons.
If None, draws the outlines in the default color.
If a matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples, draws the outlines in the specified color.
Here are the standard descriptions of all the Collection kwargs:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
The return value is a PolyCollection instance; use get_array() on this PolyCollection to get the counts in each hexagon. If marginals is True, horizontal bar and vertical bar (both PolyCollections) will be attached to the return collection as attributes hbar and vbar.
Example:
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Plot a histogram.
Compute and draw the histogram of x. The return value is a tuple (n, bins, patches) or ([n0, n1, ...], bins, [patches0, patches1,...]) if the input contains multiple data.
Multiple data can be provided via x as a list of datasets of potentially different length ([x0, x1, ...]), or as a 2D ndarray in which each column is a dataset. Note that the ndarray form is transposed relative to the list form.
Masked arrays are not supported at present.
Parameters :  x : array_like, shape (n, )
bins : integer or array_like, optional, default: 10
range : tuple, optional, default: None
normed : boolean, optional, default: False
weights : array_like, shape (n, ), optional, default: None
cumulative : boolean, optional, default
histtype : [‘bar’  ‘barstacked’  ‘step’  ‘stepfilled’], optional
align : [‘left’  ‘mid’  ‘right’], optional, default: ‘mid’
orientation : [‘horizontal’  ‘vertical’], optional
rwidth : scalar, optional, default: None
log : boolean, optional, default
color : color or array_like of colors, optional, default: None
label : string, optional, default: ‘’
stacked : boolean, optional, default


Returns :  tuple : (n, bins, patches) or ([n0, n1, ...], bins, [patches0, patches1,...]) 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Patch properties 
See also
Notes
Until numpy release 1.5, the underlying numpy histogram function was incorrect with normed`=`True if bin sizes were unequal. MPL inherited that error. It is now corrected within MPL when using earlier numpy versions.
Examples
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Make a 2D histogram plot.
Parameters :  x, y: array_like, shape (n, ) :
bins: [None  int  [int, int]  array_like  [array, array]] :
range : array_like shape(2, 2), optional, default: None
normed : boolean, optional, default: False
weights : array_like, shape (n, ), optional, default: None
cmin : scalar, optional, default: None
cmax : scalar, optional, default: None


Returns :  The return value is ``(counts, xedges, yedges, Image)``. : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : pcolorfast() properties. 
See also
Notes
Rendering the histogram with a logarithmic color scale is accomplished by passing a colors.LogNorm instance to the norm keyword argument.
Examples
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Plot horizontal lines.
Plot horizontal lines at each y from xmin to xmax.
Parameters :  y : scalar or 1D array_like
xmin, xmax : scalar or 1D array_like
colors : array_like of colors, optional, default: ‘k’ linestyles : [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’], optional label : string, optional, default: ‘’ 

Returns :  lines : LineCollection 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : LineCollection properties. 
See also
Examples
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Call signature:
hold(b=None)
Set the hold state. If hold is None (default), toggle the hold state. Else set the hold state to boolean value b.
Examples:
# toggle hold
hold()
# turn hold on
hold(True)
# turn hold off
hold(False)
When hold is True, subsequent plot commands will be added to the current axes. When hold is False, the current axes and figure will be cleared on the next plot command
Display an image on the axes.
Parameters :  X : array_like, shape (n, m) or (n, m, 3) or (n, m, 4)
cmap : Colormap, optional, default: None
aspect : [‘auto’  ‘equal’  scalar], optional, default: None
interpolation : string, optional, default: None
norm : Normalize, optional, default: None
vmin, vmax : scalar, optional, default: None
alpha : scalar, optional, default: None
origin : [‘upper’  ‘lower’], optional, default: None
extent : scalars (left, right, bottom, top), optional, default: None
shape : scalars (columns, rows), optional, default: None
filternorm : scalar, optional, default: 1
filterrad : scalar, optional, default: 4.0


Returns :  image : AxesImage 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Artist properties. 
See also
Examples
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Return True if the given mouseevent (in display coords) is in the Axes
Invert the xaxis.
Invert the yaxis.
return the HOLD status of the axes
Place a legend on the current axes.
Call signature:
legend(*args, **kwargs)
Places legend at location loc. Labels are a sequence of strings and loc can be a string or an integer specifying the legend location.
To make a legend with existing lines:
legend()
legend() by itself will try and build a legend using the label property of the lines/patches/collections. You can set the label of a line by doing:
plot(x, y, label='my data')
or:
line.set_label('my data').
If label is set to ‘_nolegend_’, the item will not be shown in legend.
To automatically generate the legend from labels:
legend( ('label1', 'label2', 'label3') )
To make a legend for a list of lines and labels:
legend( (line1, line2, line3), ('label1', 'label2', 'label3') )
To make a legend at a given location, using a location argument:
legend( ('label1', 'label2', 'label3'), loc='upper left')
or:
legend((line1, line2, line3), ('label1', 'label2', 'label3'), loc=2)
The location codes are
Location String Location Code ‘best’ 0 ‘upper right’ 1 ‘upper left’ 2 ‘lower left’ 3 ‘lower right’ 4 ‘right’ 5 ‘center left’ 6 ‘center right’ 7 ‘lower center’ 8 ‘upper center’ 9 ‘center’ 10
Users can specify any arbitrary location for the legend using the bbox_to_anchor keyword argument. bbox_to_anchor can be an instance of BboxBase(or its derivatives) or a tuple of 2 or 4 floats. For example:
loc = 'upper right', bbox_to_anchor = (0.5, 0.5)
will place the legend so that the upper right corner of the legend at the center of the axes.
The legend location can be specified in other coordinate, by using the bbox_transform keyword.
The loc itslef can be a 2tuple giving x,y of the lowerleft corner of the legend in axes coords (bbox_to_anchor is ignored).
Keyword arguments:
 prop: [ None  FontProperties  dict ]
 A matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties instance. If prop is a dictionary, a new instance will be created with prop. If None, use rc settings.
 fontsize: [size in points  ‘xxsmall’  ‘xsmall’  ‘small’ 
‘medium’  ‘large’  ‘xlarge’  ‘xxlarge’]Set the font size. May be either a size string, relative to the default font size, or an absolute font size in points. This argument is only used if prop is not specified.
 numpoints: integer
 The number of points in the legend for line
 scatterpoints: integer
 The number of points in the legend for scatter plot
 scatteryoffsets: list of floats
 a list of yoffsets for scatter symbols in legend
 markerscale: [ None  scalar ]
 The relative size of legend markers vs. original. If None, use rc settings.
 frameon: [ True  False ]
 if True, draw a frame around the legend. The default is set by the rcParam ‘legend.frameon’
 fancybox: [ None  False  True ]
 if True, draw a frame with a round fancybox. If None, use rc settings
 shadow: [ None  False  True ]
 If True, draw a shadow behind legend. If None, use rc settings.
 framealpha: [None  float]
 If not None, alpha channel for legend frame. Default None.
 ncol : integer
 number of columns. default is 1
 mode : [ “expand”  None ]
 if mode is “expand”, the legend will be horizontally expanded to fill the axes area (or bbox_to_anchor)
 bbox_to_anchor: an instance of BboxBase or a tuple of 2 or 4 floats
 the bbox that the legend will be anchored.
 bbox_transform : [ an instance of Transform  None ]
 the transform for the bbox. transAxes if None.
 title : string
 the legend title
Padding and spacing between various elements use following keywords parameters. These values are measure in fontsize units. e.g., a fontsize of 10 points and a handlelength=5 implies a handlelength of 50 points. Values from rcParams will be used if None.
Keyword  Description 

borderpad  the fractional whitespace inside the legend border 
labelspacing  the vertical space between the legend entries 
handlelength  the length of the legend handles 
handletextpad  the pad between the legend handle and text 
borderaxespad  the pad between the axes and legend border 
columnspacing  the spacing between columns 
Note
Not all kinds of artist are supported by the legend command. See Legend guide for details.
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
Control behavior of tick locators.
Keyword arguments:
Remaining keyword arguments are passed to directly to the set_params() method.
Typically one might want to reduce the maximum number of ticks and use tight bounds when plotting small subplots, for example:
ax.locator_params(tight=True, nbins=4)
Because the locator is involved in autoscaling, autoscale_view() is called automatically after the parameters are changed.
This presently works only for the MaxNLocator used by default on linear axes, but it may be generalized.
Make a plot with log scaling on both the x and y axis.
Call signature:
loglog(*args, **kwargs)
loglog() supports all the keyword arguments of plot() and matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_xscale() / matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_yscale().
Notable keyword arguments:
 basex/basey: scalar > 1
 Base of the x/y logarithm
 subsx/subsy: [ None  sequence ]
 The location of the minor x/y ticks; None defaults to autosubs, which depend on the number of decades in the plot; see matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_xscale() / matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_yscale() for details
 nonposx/nonposy: [‘mask’  ‘clip’ ]
 Nonpositive values in x or y can be masked as invalid, or clipped to a very small positive number
The remaining valid kwargs are Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
Set or retrieve autoscaling margins.
signatures:
margins()
returns xmargin, ymargin
margins(margin)
margins(xmargin, ymargin)
margins(x=xmargin, y=ymargin)
margins(..., tight=False)
All three forms above set the xmargin and ymargin parameters. All keyword parameters are optional. A single argument specifies both xmargin and ymargin. The tight parameter is passed to autoscale_view(), which is executed after a margin is changed; the default here is True, on the assumption that when margins are specified, no additional padding to match tick marks is usually desired. Setting tight to None will preserve the previous setting.
Specifying any margin changes only the autoscaling; for example, if xmargin is not None, then xmargin times the X data interval will be added to each end of that interval before it is used in autoscaling.
Plot a matrix or array as an image.
The matrix will be shown the way it would be printed, with the first row at the top. Row and column numbering is zerobased.
Parameters :  Z : array_like shape (n, m)


Returns :  image : AxesImage 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : imshow arguments

See also
Examples
Remove minor ticks from the axes.
Add autoscaling minor ticks to the axes.
Create a pseudocolor plot of a 2D array.
Note
pcolor can be very slow for large arrays; consider using the similar but much faster pcolormesh() instead.
Call signatures:
pcolor(C, **kwargs)
pcolor(X, Y, C, **kwargs)
C is the array of color values.
X and Y, if given, specify the (x, y) coordinates of the colored quadrilaterals; the quadrilateral for C[i,j] has corners at:
(X[i, j], Y[i, j]),
(X[i, j+1], Y[i, j+1]),
(X[i+1, j], Y[i+1, j]),
(X[i+1, j+1], Y[i+1, j+1]).
Ideally the dimensions of X and Y should be one greater than those of C; if the dimensions are the same, then the last row and column of C will be ignored.
Note that the the column index corresponds to the xcoordinate, and the row index corresponds to y; for details, see the Grid Orientation section below.
If either or both of X and Y are 1D arrays or column vectors, they will be expanded as needed into the appropriate 2D arrays, making a rectangular grid.
X, Y and C may be masked arrays. If either C[i, j], or one of the vertices surrounding C[i,j] (X or Y at [i, j], [i+1, j], [i, j+1],[i+1, j+1]) is masked, nothing is plotted.
Keyword arguments:
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Colormap instance. If None, use rc settings.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 An matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance is used to scale luminance data to 0,1. If None, defaults to normalize().
 vmin/vmax: [ None  scalar ]
 vmin and vmax are used in conjunction with norm to normalize luminance data. If either is None, it is autoscaled to the respective min or max of the color array C. If not None, vmin or vmax passed in here override any preexisting values supplied in the norm instance.
 shading: [ ‘flat’  ‘faceted’ ]
If ‘faceted’, a black grid is drawn around each rectangle; if ‘flat’, edges are not drawn. Default is ‘flat’, contrary to MATLAB.
 This kwarg is deprecated; please use ‘edgecolors’ instead:
 shading=’flat’ – edgecolors=’none’
 shading=’faceted – edgecolors=’k’
 edgecolors: [ None  'none'  color  color sequence]
If None, the rc setting is used by default.
If 'none', edges will not be visible.
An mpl color or sequence of colors will set the edge color
 alpha: 0 <= scalar <= 1 or None
 the alpha blending value
Return value is a matplotlib.collections.Collection instance.
The grid orientation follows the MATLAB convention: an array C with shape (nrows, ncolumns) is plotted with the column number as X and the row number as Y, increasing up; hence it is plotted the way the array would be printed, except that the Y axis is reversed. That is, C is taken as C*(*y, x).
Similarly for meshgrid():
x = np.arange(5)
y = np.arange(3)
X, Y = np.meshgrid(x, y)
is equivalent to:
X = array([[0, 1, 2, 3, 4],
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4],
[0, 1, 2, 3, 4]])
Y = array([[0, 0, 0, 0, 0],
[1, 1, 1, 1, 1],
[2, 2, 2, 2, 2]])
so if you have:
C = rand(len(x), len(y))
then you need to transpose C:
pcolor(X, Y, C.T)
or:
pcolor(C.T)
MATLAB pcolor() always discards the last row and column of C, but matplotlib displays the last row and column if X and Y are not specified, or if X and Y have one more row and column than C.
kwargs can be used to control the PolyCollection properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
Note
The default antialiaseds is False if the default edgecolors*=”none” is used. This eliminates artificial lines at patch boundaries, and works regardless of the value of alpha. If *edgecolors is not “none”, then the default antialiaseds is taken from rcParams[‘patch.antialiased’], which defaults to True. Stroking the edges may be preferred if alpha is 1, but will cause artifacts otherwise.
See also
pseudocolor plot of a 2D array
Experimental; this is a pcolortype method that provides the fastest possible rendering with the Agg backend, and that can handle any quadrilateral grid. It supports only flat shading (no outlines), it lacks support for log scaling of the axes, and it does not have a pyplot wrapper.
Call signatures:
ax.pcolorfast(C, **kwargs)
ax.pcolorfast(xr, yr, C, **kwargs)
ax.pcolorfast(x, y, C, **kwargs)
ax.pcolorfast(X, Y, C, **kwargs)
C is the 2D array of color values corresponding to quadrilateral cells. Let (nr, nc) be its shape. C may be a masked array.
ax.pcolorfast(C, **kwargs) is equivalent to ax.pcolorfast([0,nc], [0,nr], C, **kwargs)
xr, yr specify the ranges of x and y corresponding to the rectangular region bounding C. If:
xr = [x0, x1]
and:
yr = [y0,y1]
then x goes from x0 to x1 as the second index of C goes from 0 to nc, etc. (x0, y0) is the outermost corner of cell (0,0), and (x1, y1) is the outermost corner of cell (nr1, nc1). All cells are rectangles of the same size. This is the fastest version.
x, y are 1D arrays of length nc +1 and nr +1, respectively, giving the x and y boundaries of the cells. Hence the cells are rectangular but the grid may be nonuniform. The speed is intermediate. (The grid is checked, and if found to be uniform the fast version is used.)
X and Y are 2D arrays with shape (nr +1, nc +1) that specify the (x,y) coordinates of the corners of the colored quadrilaterals; the quadrilateral for C[i,j] has corners at (X[i,j],Y[i,j]), (X[i,j+1],Y[i,j+1]), (X[i+1,j],Y[i+1,j]), (X[i+1,j+1],Y[i+1,j+1]). The cells need not be rectangular. This is the most general, but the slowest to render. It may produce faster and more compact output using ps, pdf, and svg backends, however.
Note that the the column index corresponds to the xcoordinate, and the row index corresponds to y; for details, see the “Grid Orientation” section below.
Optional keyword arguments:
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Colormap instance from cm. If None, use rc settings.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance is used to scale luminance data to 0,1. If None, defaults to normalize()
 vmin/vmax: [ None  scalar ]
 vmin and vmax are used in conjunction with norm to normalize luminance data. If either are None, the min and max of the color array C is used. If you pass a norm instance, vmin and vmax will be None.
 alpha: 0 <= scalar <= 1 or None
 the alpha blending value
Return value is an image if a regular or rectangular grid is specified, and a QuadMesh collection in the general quadrilateral case.
Plot a quadrilateral mesh.
Call signatures:
pcolormesh(C)
pcolormesh(X, Y, C)
pcolormesh(C, **kwargs)
Create a pseudocolor plot of a 2D array.
pcolormesh is similar to pcolor(), but uses a different mechanism and returns a different object; pcolor returns a PolyCollection but pcolormesh returns a QuadMesh. It is much faster, so it is almost always preferred for large arrays.
C may be a masked array, but X and Y may not. Masked array support is implemented via cmap and norm; in contrast, pcolor() simply does not draw quadrilaterals with masked colors or vertices.
Keyword arguments:
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Colormap instance. If None, use rc settings.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance is used to scale luminance data to 0,1. If None, defaults to normalize().
 vmin/vmax: [ None  scalar ]
 vmin and vmax are used in conjunction with norm to normalize luminance data. If either is None, it is autoscaled to the respective min or max of the color array C. If not None, vmin or vmax passed in here override any preexisting values supplied in the norm instance.
 shading: [ ‘flat’  ‘gouraud’ ]
 ‘flat’ indicates a solid color for each quad. When ‘gouraud’, each quad will be Gouraud shaded. When gouraud shading, edgecolors is ignored.
 edgecolors: [None  'None'  'face'  color 
color sequence]If None, the rc setting is used by default.
If 'None', edges will not be visible.
If 'face', edges will have the same color as the faces.
An mpl color or sequence of colors will set the edge color
 alpha: 0 <= scalar <= 1 or None
 the alpha blending value
Return value is a matplotlib.collections.QuadMesh object.
kwargs can be used to control the matplotlib.collections.QuadMesh properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
See also
Call signature:
pick(mouseevent)
each child artist will fire a pick event if mouseevent is over the artist and the artist has picker set
Plot a pie chart.
Call signature:
pie(x, explode=None, labels=None,
colors=('b', 'g', 'r', 'c', 'm', 'y', 'k', 'w'),
autopct=None, pctdistance=0.6, shadow=False,
labeldistance=1.1, startangle=None, radius=None)
Make a pie chart of array x. The fractional area of each wedge is given by x/sum(x). If sum(x) <= 1, then the values of x give the fractional area directly and the array will not be normalized. The wedges are plotted counterclockwise, by default starting from the xaxis.
Keyword arguments:
 explode: [ None  len(x) sequence ]
 If not None, is a len(x) array which specifies the fraction of the radius with which to offset each wedge.
 colors: [ None  color sequence ]
 A sequence of matplotlib color args through which the pie chart will cycle.
 labels: [ None  len(x) sequence of strings ]
 A sequence of strings providing the labels for each wedge
 autopct: [ None  format string  format function ]
 If not None, is a string or function used to label the wedges with their numeric value. The label will be placed inside the wedge. If it is a format string, the label will be fmt%pct. If it is a function, it will be called.
 pctdistance: scalar
 The ratio between the center of each pie slice and the start of the text generated by autopct. Ignored if autopct is None; default is 0.6.
 labeldistance: scalar
 The radial distance at which the pie labels are drawn
 shadow: [ False  True ]
 Draw a shadow beneath the pie.
 startangle: [ None  Offset angle ]
 If not None, rotates the start of the pie chart by angle degrees counterclockwise from the xaxis.
radius: [ None  scalar ] The radius of the pie, if radius is None it will be set to 1.
The pie chart will probably look best if the figure and axes are square, or the Axes aspect is equal. e.g.:
figure(figsize=(8,8))
ax = axes([0.1, 0.1, 0.8, 0.8])
or:
axes(aspect=1)
If autopct is None, return the tuple (patches, texts):
 patches is a sequence of matplotlib.patches.Wedge instances
 texts is a list of the label matplotlib.text.Text instances.
If autopct is not None, return the tuple (patches, texts, autotexts), where patches and texts are as above, and autotexts is a list of Text instances for the numeric labels.
Plot lines and/or markers to the Axes. args is a variable length argument, allowing for multiple x, y pairs with an optional format string. For example, each of the following is legal:
plot(x, y) # plot x and y using default line style and color
plot(x, y, 'bo') # plot x and y using blue circle markers
plot(y) # plot y using x as index array 0..N1
plot(y, 'r+') # ditto, but with red plusses
If x and/or y is 2dimensional, then the corresponding columns will be plotted.
An arbitrary number of x, y, fmt groups can be specified, as in:
a.plot(x1, y1, 'g^', x2, y2, 'g')
Return value is a list of lines that were added.
By default, each line is assigned a different color specified by a ‘color cycle’. To change this behavior, you can edit the axes.color_cycle rcParam. Alternatively, you can use set_default_color_cycle().
The following format string characters are accepted to control the line style or marker:
character  description 

''  solid line style 
''  dashed line style 
'.'  dashdot line style 
':'  dotted line style 
'.'  point marker 
','  pixel marker 
'o'  circle marker 
'v'  triangle_down marker 
'^'  triangle_up marker 
'<'  triangle_left marker 
'>'  triangle_right marker 
'1'  tri_down marker 
'2'  tri_up marker 
'3'  tri_left marker 
'4'  tri_right marker 
's'  square marker 
'p'  pentagon marker 
'*'  star marker 
'h'  hexagon1 marker 
'H'  hexagon2 marker 
'+'  plus marker 
'x'  x marker 
'D'  diamond marker 
'd'  thin_diamond marker 
''  vline marker 
'_'  hline marker 
The following color abbreviations are supported:
character  color 

‘b’  blue 
‘g’  green 
‘r’  red 
‘c’  cyan 
‘m’  magenta 
‘y’  yellow 
‘k’  black 
‘w’  white 
In addition, you can specify colors in many weird and wonderful ways, including full names ('green'), hex strings ('#008000'), RGB or RGBA tuples ((0,1,0,1)) or grayscale intensities as a string ('0.8'). Of these, the string specifications can be used in place of a fmt group, but the tuple forms can be used only as kwargs.
Line styles and colors are combined in a single format string, as in 'bo' for blue circles.
The kwargs can be used to set line properties (any property that has a set_* method). You can use this to set a line label (for auto legends), linewidth, anitialising, marker face color, etc. Here is an example:
plot([1,2,3], [1,2,3], 'go', label='line 1', linewidth=2)
plot([1,2,3], [1,4,9], 'rs', label='line 2')
axis([0, 4, 0, 10])
legend()
If you make multiple lines with one plot command, the kwargs apply to all those lines, e.g.:
plot(x1, y1, x2, y2, antialised=False)
Neither line will be antialiased.
You do not need to use format strings, which are just abbreviations. All of the line properties can be controlled by keyword arguments. For example, you can set the color, marker, linestyle, and markercolor with:
plot(x, y, color='green', linestyle='dashed', marker='o',
markerfacecolor='blue', markersize=12).
See Line2D for details.
The kwargs are Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
kwargs scalex and scaley, if defined, are passed on to autoscale_view() to determine whether the x and y axes are autoscaled; the default is True.
Plot with data with dates.
Call signature:
plot_date(x, y, fmt='bo', tz=None, xdate=True,
ydate=False, **kwargs)
Similar to the plot() command, except the x or y (or both) data is considered to be dates, and the axis is labeled accordingly.
x and/or y can be a sequence of dates represented as float days since 00010101 UTC.
Keyword arguments:
 fmt: string
 The plot format string.
 tz: [ None  timezone string  tzinfo instance]
 The time zone to use in labeling dates. If None, defaults to rc value.
 xdate: [ True  False ]
 If True, the xaxis will be labeled with dates.
 ydate: [ False  True ]
 If True, the yaxis will be labeled with dates.
Note if you are using custom date tickers and formatters, it may be necessary to set the formatters/locators after the call to plot_date() since plot_date() will set the default tick locator to matplotlib.dates.AutoDateLocator (if the tick locator is not already set to a matplotlib.dates.DateLocator instance) and the default tick formatter to matplotlib.dates.AutoDateFormatter (if the tick formatter is not already set to a matplotlib.dates.DateFormatter instance).
Valid kwargs are Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
See also
dates for helper functions
date2num(), num2date() and drange() for help on creating the required floating point dates.
Plot the power spectral density.
Call signature:
psd(x, NFFT=256, Fs=2, Fc=0, detrend=mlab.detrend_none,
window=mlab.window_hanning, noverlap=0, pad_to=None,
sides='default', scale_by_freq=None, **kwargs)
The power spectral density by Welch’s average periodogram method. The vector x is divided into NFFT length segments. Each segment is detrended by function detrend and windowed by function window. noverlap gives the length of the overlap between segments. The of each segment are averaged to compute Pxx, with a scaling to correct for power loss due to windowing. Fs is the sampling frequency.
Keyword arguments:
 NFFT: integer
 The number of data points used in each block for the FFT. Must be even; a power 2 is most efficient. The default value is 256. This should NOT be used to get zero padding, or the scaling of the result will be incorrect. Use pad_to for this instead.
 Fs: scalar
 The sampling frequency (samples per time unit). It is used to calculate the Fourier frequencies, freqs, in cycles per time unit. The default value is 2.
 detrend: callable
 The function applied to each segment before ffting, designed to remove the mean or linear trend. Unlike in MATLAB, where the detrend parameter is a vector, in matplotlib is it a function. The pylab module defines detrend_none(), detrend_mean(), and detrend_linear(), but you can use a custom function as well.
 window: callable or ndarray
 A function or a vector of length NFFT. To create window vectors see window_hanning(), window_none(), numpy.blackman(), numpy.hamming(), numpy.bartlett(), scipy.signal(), scipy.signal.get_window(), etc. The default is window_hanning(). If a function is passed as the argument, it must take a data segment as an argument and return the windowed version of the segment.
 pad_to: integer
 The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. This can be different from NFFT, which specifies the number of data points used. While not increasing the actual resolution of the psd (the minimum distance between resolvable peaks), this can give more points in the plot, allowing for more detail. This corresponds to the n parameter in the call to fft(). The default is None, which sets pad_to equal to NFFT
 sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the PSD to return. Default gives the default behavior, which returns onesided for real data and both for complex data. ‘onesided’ forces the return of a onesided PSD, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
 scale_by_freq: boolean
 Specifies whether the resulting density values should be scaled by the scaling frequency, which gives density in units of Hz^1. This allows for integration over the returned frequency values. The default is True for MATLAB compatibility.
 noverlap: integer
 The number of points of overlap between blocks. The default value is 0 (no overlap).
 Fc: integer
 The center frequency of x (defaults to 0), which offsets the x extents of the plot to reflect the frequency range used when a signal is acquired and then filtered and downsampled to baseband.
Returns the tuple (Pxx, freqs).
For plotting, the power is plotted as for decibels, though Pxx itself is returned.
kwargs control the Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
Example:
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Plot a 2D field of arrows.
call signatures:
quiver(U, V, **kw)
quiver(U, V, C, **kw)
quiver(X, Y, U, V, **kw)
quiver(X, Y, U, V, C, **kw)
Arguments:
 X, Y:
 The x and y coordinates of the arrow locations (default is tail of arrow; see pivot kwarg)
 U, V:
 Give the x and y components of the arrow vectors
 C:
 An optional array used to map colors to the arrows
All arguments may be 1D or 2D arrays or sequences. If X and Y are absent, they will be generated as a uniform grid. If U and V are 2D arrays but X and Y are 1D, and if len(X) and len(Y) match the column and row dimensions of U, then X and Y will be expanded with numpy.meshgrid().
U, V, C may be masked arrays, but masked X, Y are not supported at present.
Keyword arguments:
 units: [ ‘width’  ‘height’  ‘dots’  ‘inches’  ‘x’  ‘y’  ‘xy’ ]
Arrow units; the arrow dimensions except for length are in multiples of this unit.
 ‘width’ or ‘height’: the width or height of the axes
 ‘dots’ or ‘inches’: pixels or inches, based on the figure dpi
 ‘x’, ‘y’, or ‘xy’: X, Y, or sqrt(X^2+Y^2) data units
The arrows scale differently depending on the units. For ‘x’ or ‘y’, the arrows get larger as one zooms in; for other units, the arrow size is independent of the zoom state. For ‘width or ‘height’, the arrow size increases with the width and height of the axes, respectively, when the the window is resized; for ‘dots’ or ‘inches’, resizing does not change the arrows.
 angles: [ ‘uv’  ‘xy’  array ]
 With the default ‘uv’, the arrow aspect ratio is 1, so that if U*==*V the angle of the arrow on the plot is 45 degrees CCW from the xaxis. With ‘xy’, the arrow points from (x,y) to (x+u, y+v). Alternatively, arbitrary angles may be specified as an array of values in degrees, CCW from the xaxis.
 scale: [ None  float ]
 Data units per arrow length unit, e.g., m/s per plot width; a smaller scale parameter makes the arrow longer. If None, a simple autoscaling algorithm is used, based on the average vector length and the number of vectors. The arrow length unit is given by the scale_units parameter
 scale_units: None, or any of the units options.
For example, if scale_units is ‘inches’, scale is 2.0, and (u,v) = (1,0), then the vector will be 0.5 inches long. If scale_units is ‘width’, then the vector will be half the width of the axes.
If scale_units is ‘x’ then the vector will be 0.5 xaxis units. To plot vectors in the xy plane, with u and v having the same units as x and y, use “angles=’xy’, scale_units=’xy’, scale=1”.
 width:
 Shaft width in arrow units; default depends on choice of units, above, and number of vectors; a typical starting value is about 0.005 times the width of the plot.
 headwidth: scalar
 Head width as multiple of shaft width, default is 3
 headlength: scalar
 Head length as multiple of shaft width, default is 5
 headaxislength: scalar
 Head length at shaft intersection, default is 4.5
 minshaft: scalar
 Length below which arrow scales, in units of head length. Do not set this to less than 1, or small arrows will look terrible! Default is 1
 minlength: scalar
 Minimum length as a multiple of shaft width; if an arrow length is less than this, plot a dot (hexagon) of this diameter instead. Default is 1.
 pivot: [ ‘tail’  ‘middle’  ‘tip’ ]
 The part of the arrow that is at the grid point; the arrow rotates about this point, hence the name pivot.
 color: [ color  color sequence ]
 This is a synonym for the PolyCollection facecolor kwarg. If C has been set, color has no effect.
The defaults give a slightly sweptback arrow; to make the head a triangle, make headaxislength the same as headlength. To make the arrow more pointed, reduce headwidth or increase headlength and headaxislength. To make the head smaller relative to the shaft, scale down all the head parameters. You will probably do best to leave minshaft alone.
linewidths and edgecolors can be used to customize the arrow outlines. Additional PolyCollection keyword arguments:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float or None animated [True  False] antialiased or antialiaseds Boolean or sequence of booleans array unknown axes an Axes instance clim a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] cmap a colormap or registered colormap name color matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples colorbar unknown contains a callable function edgecolor or edgecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor or facecolors matplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance gid an id string hatch [ ‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or linestyles or dashes [‘solid’  ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’  (offset, onoffdashseq) ] linewidth or lw or linewidths float or sequence of floats lod [True  False] norm unknown offset_position unknown offsets float or sequence of floats path_effects unknown paths unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius unknown rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string urls unknown visible [True  False] zorder any number
Add a key to a quiver plot.
Call signature:
quiverkey(Q, X, Y, U, label, **kw)
Arguments:
 Q:
 The Quiver instance returned by a call to quiver.
 X, Y:
 The location of the key; additional explanation follows.
 U:
 The length of the key
 label:
 A string with the length and units of the key
Keyword arguments:
 coordinates = [ ‘axes’  ‘figure’  ‘data’  ‘inches’ ]
 Coordinate system and units for X, Y: ‘axes’ and ‘figure’ are normalized coordinate systems with 0,0 in the lower left and 1,1 in the upper right; ‘data’ are the axes data coordinates (used for the locations of the vectors in the quiver plot itself); ‘inches’ is position in the figure in inches, with 0,0 at the lower left corner.
 color:
 overrides face and edge colors from Q.
 labelpos = [ ‘N’  ‘S’  ‘E’  ‘W’ ]
 Position the label above, below, to the right, to the left of the arrow, respectively.
 labelsep:
 Distance in inches between the arrow and the label. Default is 0.1
 labelcolor:
 defaults to default Text color.
 fontproperties:
 A dictionary with keyword arguments accepted by the FontProperties initializer: family, style, variant, size, weight
Any additional keyword arguments are used to override vector properties taken from Q.
The positioning of the key depends on X, Y, coordinates, and labelpos. If labelpos is ‘N’ or ‘S’, X, Y give the position of the middle of the key arrow. If labelpos is ‘E’, X, Y positions the head, and if labelpos is ‘W’, X, Y positions the tail; in either of these two cases, X, Y is somewhere in the middle of the arrow+label key object.
This method can only be used after an initial draw which caches the renderer. It is used to efficiently update Axes data (axis ticks, labels, etc are not updated)
Recompute the data limits based on current artists.
At present, Collection instances are not supported.
Make the original position the active position
Make a scatter plot of x vs y, where x and y are sequence like objects of the same lengths.
Parameters :  x, y : array_like, shape (n, )
s : scalar or array_like, shape (n, ), optional, default: 20
c : color or sequence of color, optional, default
marker : MarkerStyle, optional, default: ‘o’
cmap : Colormap, optional, default: None
norm : Normalize, optional, default: None
vmin, vmax : scalar, optional, default: None
alpha : scalar, optional, default: None
linewidths : scalar or array_like, optional, default: None


Returns :  paths : PathCollection 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Collection properties 
Notes
Any or all of x, y, s, and c may be masked arrays, in which case all masks will be combined and only unmasked points will be plotted.
Examples
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Make a plot with log scaling on the x axis.
Call signature:
semilogx(*args, **kwargs)
semilogx() supports all the keyword arguments of plot() and matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_xscale().
Notable keyword arguments:
 basex: scalar > 1
 Base of the x logarithm
 subsx: [ None  sequence ]
 The location of the minor xticks; None defaults to autosubs, which depend on the number of decades in the plot; see set_xscale() for details.
 nonposx: [ ‘mask’  ‘clip’ ]
 Nonpositive values in x can be masked as invalid, or clipped to a very small positive number
The remaining valid kwargs are Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
See also
Make a plot with log scaling on the y axis.
call signature:
semilogy(*args, **kwargs)
semilogy() supports all the keyword arguments of plot() and matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_yscale().
Notable keyword arguments:
 basey: scalar > 1
 Base of the y logarithm
 subsy: [ None  sequence ]
 The location of the minor yticks; None defaults to autosubs, which depend on the number of decades in the plot; see set_yscale() for details.
 nonposy: [ ‘mask’  ‘clip’ ]
 Nonpositive values in y can be masked as invalid, or clipped to a very small positive number
The remaining valid kwargs are Line2D properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] antialiased or aa [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color or c any matplotlib color contains a callable function dash_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes sequence of on/off ink in points data 2D array (rows are x, y) or two 1D arrays drawstyle [‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fillstyle [‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle or ls [''  ''  '.'  ':'  'None'  ' '  ''] and any drawstyle in combination with a linestyle, e.g., 'steps'. linewidth or lw float value in points lod [True  False] marker unknown markeredgecolor or mec any matplotlib color markeredgewidth or mew float value in points markerfacecolor or mfc any matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt or mfcalt any matplotlib color markersize or ms float markevery None  integer  (startind, stride) path_effects unknown picker float distance in points or callable pick function fn(artist, event) pickradius float distance in points rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown solid_capstyle [‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] solid_joinstyle [‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] transform a matplotlib.transforms.Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] xdata 1D array ydata 1D array zorder any number
See also
ACCEPTS: [ ‘box’  ‘datalim’  ‘boxforced’]
anchor
value description ‘C’ Center ‘SW’ bottom left ‘S’ bottom ‘SE’ bottom right ‘E’ right ‘NE’ top right ‘N’ top ‘NW’ top left ‘W’ left
aspect
value description ‘auto’ automatic; fill position rectangle with data ‘normal’ same as ‘auto’; deprecated ‘equal’ same scaling from data to plot units for x and y num a circle will be stretched such that the height is num times the width. aspect=1 is the same as aspect=’equal’.
adjustable
value description ‘box’ change physical size of axes ‘datalim’ change xlim or ylim ‘boxforced’ same as ‘box’, but axes can be shared
‘box’ does not allow axes sharing, as this can cause unintended side effect. For cases when sharing axes is fine, use ‘boxforced’.
anchor
value description ‘C’ centered ‘SW’ lower left corner ‘S’ middle of bottom edge ‘SE’ lower right corner etc.
Deprecated since version 1.2: the option ‘normal’ for aspect is deprecated. Use ‘auto’ instead.
Set whether autoscaling is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
Set whether autoscaling for the xaxis is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
Set whether autoscaling for the yaxis is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
set axes_locator
turn off the axis
turn on the axis
Set whether the axis ticks and gridlines are above or below most artists
ACCEPTS: [ True  False ]
Set the color cycle for any future plot commands on this Axes.
clist is a list of mpl color specifiers.
Set the cursor property as:
ax.set_cursor_props(linewidth, color)
or:
ax.set_cursor_props((linewidth, color))
ACCEPTS: a (float, color) tuple
Set whether the axes rectangle patch is drawn
ACCEPTS: [ True  False ]
Set whether the axes responds to navigation toolbar commands
ACCEPTS: [ True  False ]
Set the navigation toolbar button status;
Warning
this is not a userAPI function.
Set the axes position with:
pos = [left, bottom, width, height]
in relative 0,1 coords, or pos can be a Bbox
There are two position variables: one which is ultimately used, but which may be modified by apply_aspect(), and a second which is the starting point for apply_aspect().
which
value description ‘active’ to change the first ‘original’ to change the second ‘both’ to change both
Set zorder value below which artists will be rasterized. Set to None to disable rasterizing of artists below a particular zorder.
Set a title for the axes.
Set one of the three available axes titles. The available titles are positioned above the axes in the center, flush with the left edge, and flush with the right edge.
Parameters :  label : str
fontdict : dict
loc : {‘center’, ‘left’, ‘right’}, str, optional


Returns :  text : Text

Other Parameters:  
Other keyword arguments are text properties, see : :class:`~matplotlib.text.Text` for a list of valid text : properties. : 
Set the lower and upper numerical bounds of the xaxis. This method will honor axes inversion regardless of parameter order. It will not change the _autoscaleXon attribute.
Set the label for the xaxis.
Parameters :  xlabel : string
labelpad : scalar, optional, default: None


Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Text properties 
See also
Call signature:
set_xlim(self, *args, **kwargs):
Set the data limits for the xaxis
Examples:
set_xlim((left, right))
set_xlim(left, right)
set_xlim(left=1) # right unchanged
set_xlim(right=1) # left unchanged
Keyword arguments:
 left: scalar
 The left xlim; xmin, the previous name, may still be used
 right: scalar
 The right xlim; xmax, the previous name, may still be used
 emit: [ True  False ]
 Notify observers of limit change
 auto: [ True  False  None ]
 Turn x autoscaling on (True), off (False; default), or leave unchanged (None)
Note, the left (formerly xmin) value may be greater than the right (formerly xmax). For example, suppose x is years before present. Then one might use:
set_ylim(5000, 0)
so 5000 years ago is on the left of the plot and the present is on the right.
Returns the current xlimits as a length 2 tuple
ACCEPTS: length 2 sequence of floats
Set padding of X data limits prior to autoscaling.
m times the data interval will be added to each end of that interval before it is used in autoscaling.
accepts: float in range 0 to 1
Call signature:
set_xscale(value)
Set the scaling of the xaxis: ‘linear’  ‘log’  ‘symlog’
ACCEPTS: [‘linear’  ‘log’  ‘symlog’]
Different kwargs are accepted, depending on the scale: ‘linear’
‘log’
 basex/basey:
 The base of the logarithm
 nonposx/nonposy: [‘mask’  ‘clip’ ]
 nonpositive values in x or y can be masked as invalid, or clipped to a very small positive number
 subsx/subsy:
Where to place the subticks between each major tick. Should be a sequence of integers. For example, in a log10 scale: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
will place 8 logarithmically spaced minor ticks between each major tick.
‘symlog’
 basex/basey:
 The base of the logarithm
 linthreshx/linthreshy:
 The range (x, x) within which the plot is linear (to avoid having the plot go to infinity around zero).
 subsx/subsy:
Where to place the subticks between each major tick. Should be a sequence of integers. For example, in a log10 scale: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
will place 8 logarithmically spaced minor ticks between each major tick.
 linscalex/linscaley:
 This allows the linear range (linthresh to linthresh) to be stretched relative to the logarithmic range. Its value is the number of decades to use for each half of the linear range. For example, when linscale == 1.0 (the default), the space used for the positive and negative halves of the linear range will be equal to one decade in the logarithmic range.
Call signature:
set_xticklabels(labels, fontdict=None, minor=False, **kwargs)
Set the xtick labels with list of strings labels. Return a list of axis text instances.
kwargs set the Text properties. Valid properties are
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] axes an Axes instance backgroundcolor any matplotlib color bbox rectangle prop dict clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color any matplotlib color contains a callable function family or fontfamily or fontname or name [FONTNAME  ‘serif’  ‘sansserif’  ‘cursive’  ‘fantasy’  ‘monospace’ ] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fontproperties or font_properties a matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties instance gid an id string horizontalalignment or ha [ ‘center’  ‘right’  ‘left’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linespacing float (multiple of font size) lod [True  False] multialignment [‘left’  ‘right’  ‘center’ ] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] position (x,y) rasterized [True  False  None] rotation [ angle in degrees  ‘vertical’  ‘horizontal’ ] rotation_mode unknown size or fontsize [size in points  ‘xxsmall’  ‘xsmall’  ‘small’  ‘medium’  ‘large’  ‘xlarge’  ‘xxlarge’ ] sketch_params unknown snap unknown stretch or fontstretch [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultracondensed’  ‘extracondensed’  ‘condensed’  ‘semicondensed’  ‘normal’  ‘semiexpanded’  ‘expanded’  ‘extraexpanded’  ‘ultraexpanded’ ] style or fontstyle [ ‘normal’  ‘italic’  ‘oblique’] text string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. transform Transform instance url a url string variant or fontvariant [ ‘normal’  ‘smallcaps’ ] verticalalignment or va or ma [ ‘center’  ‘top’  ‘bottom’  ‘baseline’ ] visible [True  False] weight or fontweight [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultralight’  ‘light’  ‘normal’  ‘regular’  ‘book’  ‘medium’  ‘roman’  ‘semibold’  ‘demibold’  ‘demi’  ‘bold’  ‘heavy’  ‘extra bold’  ‘black’ ] x float y float zorder any number
ACCEPTS: sequence of strings
Set the x ticks with list of ticks
ACCEPTS: sequence of floats
Set the lower and upper numerical bounds of the yaxis. This method will honor axes inversion regardless of parameter order. It will not change the _autoscaleYon attribute.
Set the label for the yaxis
Parameters :  ylabel : string
labelpad : scalar, optional, default: None


Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Text properties 
See also
Call signature:
set_ylim(self, *args, **kwargs):
Set the data limits for the yaxis
Examples:
set_ylim((bottom, top))
set_ylim(bottom, top)
set_ylim(bottom=1) # top unchanged
set_ylim(top=1) # bottom unchanged
Keyword arguments:
 bottom: scalar
 The bottom ylim; the previous name, ymin, may still be used
 top: scalar
 The top ylim; the previous name, ymax, may still be used
 emit: [ True  False ]
 Notify observers of limit change
 auto: [ True  False  None ]
 Turn y autoscaling on (True), off (False; default), or leave unchanged (None)
Note, the bottom (formerly ymin) value may be greater than the top (formerly ymax). For example, suppose y is depth in the ocean. Then one might use:
set_ylim(5000, 0)
so 5000 m depth is at the bottom of the plot and the surface, 0 m, is at the top.
Returns the current ylimits as a length 2 tuple
ACCEPTS: length 2 sequence of floats
Set padding of Y data limits prior to autoscaling.
m times the data interval will be added to each end of that interval before it is used in autoscaling.
accepts: float in range 0 to 1
Call signature:
set_yscale(value)
Set the scaling of the yaxis: ‘linear’  ‘log’  ‘symlog’
ACCEPTS: [‘linear’  ‘log’  ‘symlog’]
Different kwargs are accepted, depending on the scale: ‘linear’
‘log’
 basex/basey:
 The base of the logarithm
 nonposx/nonposy: [‘mask’  ‘clip’ ]
 nonpositive values in x or y can be masked as invalid, or clipped to a very small positive number
 subsx/subsy:
Where to place the subticks between each major tick. Should be a sequence of integers. For example, in a log10 scale: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
will place 8 logarithmically spaced minor ticks between each major tick.
‘symlog’
 basex/basey:
 The base of the logarithm
 linthreshx/linthreshy:
 The range (x, x) within which the plot is linear (to avoid having the plot go to infinity around zero).
 subsx/subsy:
Where to place the subticks between each major tick. Should be a sequence of integers. For example, in a log10 scale: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
will place 8 logarithmically spaced minor ticks between each major tick.
 linscalex/linscaley:
 This allows the linear range (linthresh to linthresh) to be stretched relative to the logarithmic range. Its value is the number of decades to use for each half of the linear range. For example, when linscale == 1.0 (the default), the space used for the positive and negative halves of the linear range will be equal to one decade in the logarithmic range.
Call signature:
set_yticklabels(labels, fontdict=None, minor=False, **kwargs)
Set the y tick labels with list of strings labels. Return a list of Text instances.
kwargs set Text properties for the labels. Valid properties are
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] axes an Axes instance backgroundcolor any matplotlib color bbox rectangle prop dict clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] color any matplotlib color contains a callable function family or fontfamily or fontname or name [FONTNAME  ‘serif’  ‘sansserif’  ‘cursive’  ‘fantasy’  ‘monospace’ ] figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fontproperties or font_properties a matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties instance gid an id string horizontalalignment or ha [ ‘center’  ‘right’  ‘left’ ] label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linespacing float (multiple of font size) lod [True  False] multialignment [‘left’  ‘right’  ‘center’ ] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] position (x,y) rasterized [True  False  None] rotation [ angle in degrees  ‘vertical’  ‘horizontal’ ] rotation_mode unknown size or fontsize [size in points  ‘xxsmall’  ‘xsmall’  ‘small’  ‘medium’  ‘large’  ‘xlarge’  ‘xxlarge’ ] sketch_params unknown snap unknown stretch or fontstretch [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultracondensed’  ‘extracondensed’  ‘condensed’  ‘semicondensed’  ‘normal’  ‘semiexpanded’  ‘expanded’  ‘extraexpanded’  ‘ultraexpanded’ ] style or fontstyle [ ‘normal’  ‘italic’  ‘oblique’] text string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. transform Transform instance url a url string variant or fontvariant [ ‘normal’  ‘smallcaps’ ] verticalalignment or va or ma [ ‘center’  ‘top’  ‘bottom’  ‘baseline’ ] visible [True  False] weight or fontweight [a numeric value in range 01000  ‘ultralight’  ‘light’  ‘normal’  ‘regular’  ‘book’  ‘medium’  ‘roman’  ‘semibold’  ‘demibold’  ‘demi’  ‘bold’  ‘heavy’  ‘extra bold’  ‘black’ ] x float y float zorder any number
ACCEPTS: sequence of strings
Set the y ticks with list of ticks
ACCEPTS: sequence of floats
Keyword arguments:
 minor: [ False  True ]
 Sets the minor ticks if True
Plot a spectrogram.
Call signature:
specgram(x, NFFT=256, Fs=2, Fc=0, detrend=mlab.detrend_none,
window=mlab.window_hanning, noverlap=128,
cmap=None, xextent=None, pad_to=None, sides='default',
scale_by_freq=None, **kwargs)
Compute and plot a spectrogram of data in x. Data are split into NFFT length segments and the PSD of each section is computed. The windowing function window is applied to each segment, and the amount of overlap of each segment is specified with noverlap. The spectrogram is plotted in decibels as a colormap (using imshow).
Keyword arguments:
 NFFT: integer
 The number of data points used in each block for the FFT. Must be even; a power 2 is most efficient. The default value is 256. This should NOT be used to get zero padding, or the scaling of the result will be incorrect. Use pad_to for this instead.
 Fs: scalar
 The sampling frequency (samples per time unit). It is used to calculate the Fourier frequencies, freqs, in cycles per time unit. The default value is 2.
 detrend: callable
 The function applied to each segment before ffting, designed to remove the mean or linear trend. Unlike in MATLAB, where the detrend parameter is a vector, in matplotlib is it a function. The pylab module defines detrend_none(), detrend_mean(), and detrend_linear(), but you can use a custom function as well.
 window: callable or ndarray
 A function or a vector of length NFFT. To create window vectors see window_hanning(), window_none(), numpy.blackman(), numpy.hamming(), numpy.bartlett(), scipy.signal(), scipy.signal.get_window(), etc. The default is window_hanning(). If a function is passed as the argument, it must take a data segment as an argument and return the windowed version of the segment.
 pad_to: integer
 The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. This can be different from NFFT, which specifies the number of data points used. While not increasing the actual resolution of the psd (the minimum distance between resolvable peaks), this can give more points in the plot, allowing for more detail. This corresponds to the n parameter in the call to fft(). The default is None, which sets pad_to equal to NFFT
 sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the PSD to return. Default gives the default behavior, which returns onesided for real data and both for complex data. ‘onesided’ forces the return of a onesided PSD, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
 scale_by_freq: boolean
 Specifies whether the resulting density values should be scaled by the scaling frequency, which gives density in units of Hz^1. This allows for integration over the returned frequency values. The default is True for MATLAB compatibility.
 noverlap: integer
 The number of points of overlap between blocks. The default value is 128.
 Fc: integer
 The center frequency of x (defaults to 0), which offsets the y extents of the plot to reflect the frequency range used when a signal is acquired and then filtered and downsampled to baseband.
 cmap:
 A matplotlib.colors.Colormap instance; if None, use default determined by rc
 xextent:
 The image extent along the xaxis. xextent = (xmin,xmax) The default is (0,max(bins)), where bins is the return value from specgram()
kwargs:
Additional kwargs are passed on to imshow which makes the specgram imageReturn value is (Pxx, freqs, bins, im):
 bins are the time points the spectrogram is calculated over
 freqs is an array of frequencies
 Pxx is an array of shape (len(times), len(freqs)) of power
 im is a AxesImage instance
Note
If x is real (i.e. noncomplex), only the positive spectrum is shown. If x is complex, both positive and negative parts of the spectrum are shown. This can be overridden using the sides keyword argument.
Also note that while the plot is in dB, the Pxx array returned is linear in power.
Example:
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Plot the sparsity pattern on a 2D array.
Call signature:
spy(Z, precision=0, marker=None, markersize=None,
aspect='equal', **kwargs)
spy(Z) plots the sparsity pattern of the 2D array Z.
If precision is 0, any nonzero value will be plotted; else, values of will be plotted.
For scipy.sparse.spmatrix instances, there is a special case: if precision is ‘present’, any value present in the array will be plotted, even if it is identically zero.
The array will be plotted as it would be printed, with the first index (row) increasing down and the second index (column) increasing to the right.
By default aspect is ‘equal’, so that each array element occupies a square space; set the aspect kwarg to ‘auto’ to allow the plot to fill the plot box, or to any scalar number to specify the aspect ratio of an array element directly.
Two plotting styles are available: image or marker. Both are available for full arrays, but only the marker style works for scipy.sparse.spmatrix instances.
If marker and markersize are None, an image will be returned and any remaining kwargs are passed to imshow(); else, a Line2D object will be returned with the value of marker determining the marker type, and any remaining kwargs passed to the plot() method.
If marker and markersize are None, useful kwargs include:
See also
For controlling colors, e.g., cyan background and red marks, use:
cmap = mcolors.ListedColormap(['c','r'])
If marker or markersize is not None, useful kwargs include:
Useful values for marker include:
See also
Draws a stacked area plot.
x : 1d array of dimension N
1xN. The data is assumed to be unstacked. Each of the following calls is legal:
stackplot(x, y) # where y is MxN
stackplot(x, y1, y2, y3, y4) # where y1, y2, y3, y4, are all 1xNm
Keyword arguments:
Returns r : A list of PolyCollection, one for each element in the stacked area plot.
Note that Legend does not support PolyCollection objects. To create a legend on a stackplot, use a proxy artist: http://matplotlib.org/users/legend_guide.html#usingproxyartist
Called when a pan operation has started.
x, y are the mouse coordinates in display coords. button is the mouse button number:
Note
Intended to be overridden by new projection types.
Create a stem plot.
Call signatures:
stem(y, linefmt='b', markerfmt='bo', basefmt='r')
stem(x, y, linefmt='b', markerfmt='bo', basefmt='r')
A stem plot plots vertical lines (using linefmt) at each x location from the baseline to y, and places a marker there using markerfmt. A horizontal line at 0 is is plotted using basefmt.
If no x values are provided, the default is (0, 1, ..., len(y)  1)
Return value is a tuple (markerline, stemlines, baseline).
See also
This document for details.
Example:
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Make a step plot.
Call signature:
step(x, y, *args, **kwargs)
Additional keyword args to step() are the same as those for plot().
x and y must be 1D sequences, and it is assumed, but not checked, that x is uniformly increasing.
Keyword arguments:
If ‘pre’, the interval from x[i] to x[i+1] has level y[i+1]
If ‘post’, that interval has level y[i]
If ‘mid’, the jumps in y occur halfway between the xvalues.
Draws streamlines of a vector flow.
Returns:
 stream_container : StreamplotSet
Container object with attributes
 lines: matplotlib.collections.LineCollection of streamlines
 arrows: collection of matplotlib.patches.FancyArrowPatch objects representing arrows halfway along stream lines.
This container will probably change in the future to allow changes to the colormap, alpha, etc. for both lines and arrows, but these changes should be backward compatible.
Add a table to the current axes.
Call signature:
table(cellText=None, cellColours=None,
cellLoc='right', colWidths=None,
rowLabels=None, rowColours=None, rowLoc='left',
colLabels=None, colColours=None, colLoc='center',
loc='bottom', bbox=None):
Returns a matplotlib.table.Table instance. For finer grained control over tables, use the Table class and add it to the axes with add_table().
Thanks to John Gill for providing the class and table.
kwargs control the Table properties:
Property Description agg_filter unknown alpha float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque) animated [True  False] axes an Axes instance clip_box a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox instance clip_on [True  False] clip_path [ (Path, Transform)  Patch  None ] contains a callable function figure a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance fontsize a float in points gid an id string label string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. lod [True  False] path_effects unknown picker [Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized [True  False  None] sketch_params unknown snap unknown transform Transform instance url a url string visible [True  False] zorder any number
Add text to the axes.
Add text in string s to axis at location x, y, data coordinates.
Parameters :  s : string
x, y : scalars
fontdict : dictionary, optional, default: None
withdash : boolean, optional, default: False


Other Parameters:  
kwargs : Text properties.

Examples
Individual keyword arguments can be used to override any given parameter:
>>> text(x, y, s, fontsize=12)
The default transform specifies that text is in data coords, alternatively, you can specify text in axis coords (0,0 is lowerleft and 1,1 is upperright). The example below places text in the center of the axes:
>>> text(0.5, 0.5,'matplotlib', horizontalalignment='center',
... verticalalignment='center',
... transform=ax.transAxes)
You can put a rectangular box around the text instance (e.g., to set a background color) by using the keyword bbox. bbox is a dictionary of Rectangle properties. For example:
>>> text(x, y, s, bbox=dict(facecolor='red', alpha=0.5))
Change the appearance of ticks and tick labels.
Keyword arguments:
Example:
ax.tick_params(direction='out', length=6, width=2, colors='r')
This will make all major ticks be red, pointing out of the box, and with dimensions 6 points by 2 points. Tick labels will also be red.
Change the ScalarFormatter used by default for linear axes.
Optional keyword arguments:
Keyword Description style [ ‘sci’ (or ‘scientific’)  ‘plain’ ] plain turns off scientific notation scilimits (m, n), pair of integers; if style is ‘sci’, scientific notation will be used for numbers outside the range 10`m`:sup: to 10`n`:sup:. Use (0,0) to include all numbers. useOffset [True  False  offset]; if True, the offset will be calculated as needed; if False, no offset will be used; if a numeric offset is specified, it will be used. axis [ ‘x’  ‘y’  ‘both’ ] useLocale If True, format the number according to the current locale. This affects things such as the character used for the decimal separator. If False, use Cstyle (English) formatting. The default setting is controlled by the axes.formatter.use_locale rcparam.
Only the major ticks are affected. If the method is called when the ScalarFormatter is not the Formatter being used, an AttributeError will be raised.
Draw contours on an unstructured triangular grid. tricontour() and tricontourf() draw contour lines and filled contours, respectively. Except as noted, function signatures and return values are the same for both versions.
The triangulation can be specified in one of two ways; either:
tricontour(triangulation, ...)
where triangulation is a matplotlib.tri.Triangulation object, or
tricontour(x, y, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles=triangles, ...)
tricontour(x, y, mask=mask, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles, mask=mask, ...)
in which case a Triangulation object will be created. See Triangulation for a explanation of these possibilities.
The remaining arguments may be:
tricontour(..., Z)
where Z is the array of values to contour, one per point in the triangulation. The level values are chosen automatically.
tricontour(..., Z, N)
contour N automaticallychosen levels.
tricontour(..., Z, V)
draw contour lines at the values specified in sequence V
tricontourf(..., Z, V)
fill the (len(V)1) regions between the values in V
tricontour(Z, **kwargs)
Use keyword args to control colors, linewidth, origin, cmap ... see below for more details.
C = tricontour(...) returns a TriContourSet object.
Optional keyword arguments:
 colors: [ None  string  (mpl_colors) ]
If None, the colormap specified by cmap will be used.
If a string, like ‘r’ or ‘red’, all levels will be plotted in this color.
If a tuple of matplotlib color args (string, float, rgb, etc), different levels will be plotted in different colors in the order specified.
 alpha: float
 The alpha blending value
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A cm Colormap instance or None. If cmap is None and colors is None, a default Colormap is used.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance for scaling data values to colors. If norm is None and colors is None, the default linear scaling is used.
 levels [level0, level1, ..., leveln]
 A list of floating point numbers indicating the level curves to draw; eg to draw just the zero contour pass levels=[0]
 origin: [ None  ‘upper’  ‘lower’  ‘image’ ]
If None, the first value of Z will correspond to the lower left corner, location (0,0). If ‘image’, the rc value for image.origin will be used.
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
extent: [ None  (x0,x1,y0,y1) ]
If origin is not None, then extent is interpreted as in matplotlib.pyplot.imshow(): it gives the outer pixel boundaries. In this case, the position of Z[0,0] is the center of the pixel, not a corner. If origin is None, then (x0, y0) is the position of Z[0,0], and (x1, y1) is the position of Z[1,1].
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
 locator: [ None  ticker.Locator subclass ]
 If locator is None, the default MaxNLocator is used. The locator is used to determine the contour levels if they are not given explicitly via the V argument.
 extend: [ ‘neither’  ‘both’  ‘min’  ‘max’ ]
 Unless this is ‘neither’, contour levels are automatically added to one or both ends of the range so that all data are included. These added ranges are then mapped to the special colormap values which default to the ends of the colormap range, but can be set via matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_under() and matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_over() methods.
 xunits, yunits: [ None  registered units ]
 Override axis units by specifying an instance of a matplotlib.units.ConversionInterface.
tricontouronly keyword arguments:
 linewidths: [ None  number  tuple of numbers ]
If linewidths is None, the default width in lines.linewidth in matplotlibrc is used.
If a number, all levels will be plotted with this linewidth.
If a tuple, different levels will be plotted with different linewidths in the order specified
 linestyles: [ None  ‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’ ]
If linestyles is None, the ‘solid’ is used.
linestyles can also be an iterable of the above strings specifying a set of linestyles to be used. If this iterable is shorter than the number of contour levels it will be repeated as necessary.
If contour is using a monochrome colormap and the contour level is less than 0, then the linestyle specified in contour.negative_linestyle in matplotlibrc will be used.
tricontourfonly keyword arguments:
 antialiased: [ True  False ]
 enable antialiasing
 nchunk: [ 0  integer ]
 If 0, no subdivision of the domain. Specify a positive integer to divide the domain into subdomains of roughly nchunk by nchunk points. This may never actually be advantageous, so this option may be removed. Chunking introduces artifacts at the chunk boundaries unless antialiased is False.
Note: tricontourf fills intervals that are closed at the top; that is, for boundaries z1 and z2, the filled region is:
z1 < z <= z2
There is one exception: if the lowest boundary coincides with the minimum value of the z array, then that minimum value will be included in the lowest interval.
Examples:
Draw contours on an unstructured triangular grid. tricontour() and tricontourf() draw contour lines and filled contours, respectively. Except as noted, function signatures and return values are the same for both versions.
The triangulation can be specified in one of two ways; either:
tricontour(triangulation, ...)
where triangulation is a matplotlib.tri.Triangulation object, or
tricontour(x, y, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles=triangles, ...)
tricontour(x, y, mask=mask, ...)
tricontour(x, y, triangles, mask=mask, ...)
in which case a Triangulation object will be created. See Triangulation for a explanation of these possibilities.
The remaining arguments may be:
tricontour(..., Z)
where Z is the array of values to contour, one per point in the triangulation. The level values are chosen automatically.
tricontour(..., Z, N)
contour N automaticallychosen levels.
tricontour(..., Z, V)
draw contour lines at the values specified in sequence V
tricontourf(..., Z, V)
fill the (len(V)1) regions between the values in V
tricontour(Z, **kwargs)
Use keyword args to control colors, linewidth, origin, cmap ... see below for more details.
C = tricontour(...) returns a TriContourSet object.
Optional keyword arguments:
 colors: [ None  string  (mpl_colors) ]
If None, the colormap specified by cmap will be used.
If a string, like ‘r’ or ‘red’, all levels will be plotted in this color.
If a tuple of matplotlib color args (string, float, rgb, etc), different levels will be plotted in different colors in the order specified.
 alpha: float
 The alpha blending value
 cmap: [ None  Colormap ]
 A cm Colormap instance or None. If cmap is None and colors is None, a default Colormap is used.
 norm: [ None  Normalize ]
 A matplotlib.colors.Normalize instance for scaling data values to colors. If norm is None and colors is None, the default linear scaling is used.
 levels [level0, level1, ..., leveln]
 A list of floating point numbers indicating the level curves to draw; eg to draw just the zero contour pass levels=[0]
 origin: [ None  ‘upper’  ‘lower’  ‘image’ ]
If None, the first value of Z will correspond to the lower left corner, location (0,0). If ‘image’, the rc value for image.origin will be used.
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
extent: [ None  (x0,x1,y0,y1) ]
If origin is not None, then extent is interpreted as in matplotlib.pyplot.imshow(): it gives the outer pixel boundaries. In this case, the position of Z[0,0] is the center of the pixel, not a corner. If origin is None, then (x0, y0) is the position of Z[0,0], and (x1, y1) is the position of Z[1,1].
This keyword is not active if X and Y are specified in the call to contour.
 locator: [ None  ticker.Locator subclass ]
 If locator is None, the default MaxNLocator is used. The locator is used to determine the contour levels if they are not given explicitly via the V argument.
 extend: [ ‘neither’  ‘both’  ‘min’  ‘max’ ]
 Unless this is ‘neither’, contour levels are automatically added to one or both ends of the range so that all data are included. These added ranges are then mapped to the special colormap values which default to the ends of the colormap range, but can be set via matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_under() and matplotlib.colors.Colormap.set_over() methods.
 xunits, yunits: [ None  registered units ]
 Override axis units by specifying an instance of a matplotlib.units.ConversionInterface.
tricontouronly keyword arguments:
 linewidths: [ None  number  tuple of numbers ]
If linewidths is None, the default width in lines.linewidth in matplotlibrc is used.
If a number, all levels will be plotted with this linewidth.
If a tuple, different levels will be plotted with different linewidths in the order specified
 linestyles: [ None  ‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’ ]
If linestyles is None, the ‘solid’ is used.
linestyles can also be an iterable of the above strings specifying a set of linestyles to be used. If this iterable is shorter than the number of contour levels it will be repeated as necessary.
If contour is using a monochrome colormap and the contour level is less than 0, then the linestyle specified in contour.negative_linestyle in matplotlibrc will be used.
tricontourfonly keyword arguments:
 antialiased: [ True  False ]
 enable antialiasing
 nchunk: [ 0  integer ]
 If 0, no subdivision of the domain. Specify a positive integer to divide the domain into subdomains of roughly nchunk by nchunk points. This may never actually be advantageous, so this option may be removed. Chunking introduces artifacts at the chunk boundaries unless antialiased is False.
Note: tricontourf fills intervals that are closed at the top; that is, for boundaries z1 and z2, the filled region is:
z1 < z <= z2
There is one exception: if the lowest boundary coincides with the minimum value of the z array, then that minimum value will be included in the lowest interval.
Examples:
Create a pseudocolor plot of an unstructured triangular grid.
The triangulation can be specified in one of two ways; either:
tripcolor(triangulation, ...)
where triangulation is a matplotlib.tri.Triangulation object, or
tripcolor(x, y, ...)
tripcolor(x, y, triangles, ...)
tripcolor(x, y, triangles=triangles, ...)
tripcolor(x, y, mask=mask, ...)
tripcolor(x, y, triangles, mask=mask, ...)
in which case a Triangulation object will be created. See Triangulation for a explanation of these possibilities.
The next argument must be C, the array of color values, either one per point in the triangulation if color values are defined at points, or one per triangle in the triangulation if color values are defined at triangles. If there are the same number of points and triangles in the triangulation it is assumed that color values are defined at points; to force the use of color values at triangles use the kwarg facecolors*=C instead of just *C.
shading may be ‘flat’ (the default) or ‘gouraud’. If shading is ‘flat’ and C values are defined at points, the color values used for each triangle are from the mean C of the triangle’s three points. If shading is ‘gouraud’ then color values must be defined at points. shading of ‘faceted’ is deprecated; please use edgecolors instead.
The remaining kwargs are the same as for pcolor().
Example:
Draw a unstructured triangular grid as lines and/or markers.
The triangulation to plot can be specified in one of two ways; either:
triplot(triangulation, ...)
where triangulation is a matplotlib.tri.Triangulation object, or
triplot(x, y, ...)
triplot(x, y, triangles, ...)
triplot(x, y, triangles=triangles, ...)
triplot(x, y, mask=mask, ...)
triplot(x, y, triangles, mask=mask, ...)
in which case a Triangulation object will be created. See Triangulation for a explanation of these possibilities.
The remaining args and kwargs are the same as for plot().
Example:
Call signature:
ax = twinx()
create a twin of Axes for generating a plot with a sharex xaxis but independent y axis. The yaxis of self will have ticks on left and the returned axes will have ticks on the right.
Note
For those who are ‘picking’ artists while using twinx, pick events are only called for the artists in the topmost axes.
Call signature:
ax = twiny()
create a twin of Axes for generating a plot with a shared yaxis but independent x axis. The xaxis of self will have ticks on bottom and the returned axes will have ticks on the top.
Note
For those who are ‘picking’ artists while using twiny, pick events are only called for the artists in the topmost axes.
Update the data lim bbox with seq of xy tups or equiv. 2D array
Update the data lim bbox with seq of xy tups
Plot vertical lines.
Plot vertical lines at each x from ymin to ymax.
Parameters :  x : scalar or 1D array_like
xmin, xmax : scalar or 1D array_like
colors : array_like of colors, optional, default: ‘k’ linestyles : [‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’], optional label : string, optional, default: ‘’ 

Returns :  lines : LineCollection 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : LineCollection properties. 
See also
Examples
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Sets up xaxis ticks and labels that treat the x data as dates.
tz is a timezone string or tzinfo instance. Defaults to rc value.
Returns True if the xaxis is inverted.
Plot the cross correlation between x and y.
Call signature:
xcorr(self, x, y, normed=True, detrend=mlab.detrend_none,
usevlines=True, maxlags=10, **kwargs)
If normed = True, normalize the data by the cross correlation at 0th lag. x and y are detrended by the detrend callable (default no normalization). x and y must be equal length.
Data are plotted as plot(lags, c, **kwargs)
Return value is a tuple (lags, c, line) where:
The default linestyle is None and the default marker is ‘o’, though these can be overridden with keyword args. The cross correlation is performed with numpy.correlate() with mode = 2.
If usevlines is True:
vlines() rather than plot() is used to draw vertical lines from the origin to the xcorr. Otherwise the plotstyle is determined by the kwargs, which are Line2D properties.
The return value is a tuple (lags, c, linecol, b) where linecol is the matplotlib.collections.LineCollection instance and b is the xaxis.
maxlags is a positive integer detailing the number of lags to show. The default value of None will return all (2*len(x)1) lags.
Example:
xcorr() is top graph, and acorr() is bottom graph.
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Sets up yaxis ticks and labels that treat the y data as dates.
tz is a timezone string or tzinfo instance. Defaults to rc value.
Returns True if the yaxis is inverted.
alias of AxesSubplot
Base class for subplots, which are Axes instances with additional methods to facilitate generating and manipulating a set of Axes within a figure.
fig is a matplotlib.figure.Figure instance.
args is the tuple (numRows, numCols, plotNum), where the array of subplots in the figure has dimensions numRows, numCols, and where plotNum is the number of the subplot being created. plotNum starts at 1 in the upper left corner and increases to the right.
If numRows <= numCols <= plotNum < 10, args can be the decimal integer numRows * 100 + numCols * 10 + plotNum.
change subplot geometry, e.g., from 1,1,1 to 2,2,3
get the subplot geometry, eg 2,2,3
get the SubplotSpec instance associated with the subplot
set the visible property on ticklabels so xticklabels are visible only if the subplot is in the last row and yticklabels are visible only if the subplot is in the first column
set the SubplotSpec instance associated with the subplot
update the subplot position from fig.subplotpars