matplotlib.axes
¶matplotlib.axes.
Axes
(fig, rect, axisbg=None, frameon=True, sharex=None, sharey=None, label=u'', xscale=None, yscale=None, **kwargs)¶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.
acorr
(x, **kwargs)¶Plot the autocorrelation of x
.
Parameters:  x : sequence of scalar hold : boolean, optional, default: True detrend : callable, optional, default:
normed : boolean, optional, default: True
usevlines : boolean, optional, default: True
maxlags : integer, optional, default: 10


Returns:  (lags, c, line, b) : where:

Other Parameters:  
linestyle :
marker : string, optional, default: ‘o’ 
Notes
The cross correlation is performed with numpy.correlate()
with
mode
= 2.
Examples
xcorr
is top graph, and
acorr
is bottom graph.
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
add_artist
(a)¶Add any Artist
to the axes.
Use add_artist
only for artists for which there is no dedicated
“add” method; and if necessary, use a method such as
update_datalim
or update_datalim_numerix
to manually update the
dataLim if the artist is to be included in autoscaling.
Returns the artist.
add_callback
(func)¶Adds a callback function that will be called whenever one of
the Artist
‘s properties changes.
Returns an id that is useful for removing the callback with
remove_callback()
later.
add_collection
(collection, autolim=True)¶Add a Collection
instance
to the axes.
Returns the collection.
add_container
(container)¶Add a Container
instance
to the axes.
Returns the collection.
add_patch
(p)¶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_table
(tab)¶Add a Table
instance to the
list of axes tables
Returns the table.
aname
= u'Artist'¶angle_spectrum
(x, Fs=None, Fc=None, window=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, **kwargs)¶Plot the angle spectrum.
Call signature:
angle_spectrum(x, Fs=2, Fc=0, window=mlab.window_hanning,
pad_to=None, sides='default', **kwargs)
Compute the angle spectrum (wrapped phase spectrum) of x. Data is padded to a length of pad_to and the windowing function window is applied to the signal.
 x: 1D array or sequence
 Array or sequence containing the data
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. While not increasing the actual resolution of the spectrum (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 the length of the input signal (i.e. no padding).
Returns the tuple (spectrum, freqs, line):
 spectrum: 1D array
 The values for the angle spectrum in radians (real valued)
 freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the elements in spectrum
 line: a
Line2D
instance The line created by this function
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
magnitude_spectrum()
angle_spectrum()
plots the magnitudes of the
corresponding frequencies.phase_spectrum()
phase_spectrum()
plots the unwrapped version of this
function.specgram()
specgram()
can plot the angle spectrum of segments
within the signal in a colormap.annotate
(*args, **kwargs)¶Create an annotation: a piece of text referring to a data point.
Parameters:  s : string
xy : (x, y)
xytext : (x, y) , optional, default: None
xycoords : string, optional, default: “data”
textcoords : string, optional
arrowprops :


Returns:  a : 
Notes
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
YAArrow
patch instance is created and
drawn. Valid keys for YAArrow
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, and may be one of the following values:
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 controls 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
instancebackgroundcolor
any matplotlib color bbox
rectangle prop dict clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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
instancefontproperties
or font_propertiesa matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties
instancegid
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
instanceurl
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
Examples
apply_aspect
(position=None)¶Use _aspect()
and _adjustable()
to modify the
axes box or the view limits.
arrow
(x, y, dx, dy, **kwargs)¶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()
for example:
ax.annotate("", xy=(0.5, 0.5), xytext=(0, 0),
arrowprops=dict(arrowstyle=">"))
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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
autoscale
(enable=True, axis=u'both', tight=None)¶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_view
(tight=None, scalex=True, scaley=True)¶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.
axhline
(y=0, xmin=0, xmax=1, **kwargs)¶Add a horizontal line across the axis.
Parameters:  y : scalar, optional, default: 0
xmin : scalar, optional, default: 0
xmax : scalar, optional, default: 1


Returns:  `~matplotlib.lines.Line2D` : 
See also
axhspan
Notes
kwargs are the same as kwargs to plot, and can be used to control the line properties. e.g.,
Examples
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
axhspan
(ymin, ymax, xmin=0, xmax=1, **kwargs)¶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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
axis
(*v, **kwargs)¶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()
axvline
(x=0, ymin=0, ymax=1, **kwargs)¶Add a vertical line across the axes.
Parameters:  x : scalar, optional, default: 0
ymin : scalar, optional, default: 0
ymax : scalar, optional, default: 1


Returns:  `~matplotlib.lines.Line2D` : 
See also
axhspan
Examples
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
axvspan
(xmin, xmax, ymin=0, ymax=1, **kwargs)¶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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
See also
axhspan()
bar
(left, height, width=0.8, bottom=None, **kwargs)¶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:  `matplotlib.patches.Rectangle` instances. : 
See also
barh
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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Examples
Example: A stacked bar chart.
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barbs
(*args, **kw)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Example:
barh
(bottom, width, height=0.8, left=None, **kwargs)¶Make a horizontal bar plot.
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
Parameters:  bottom : scalar or arraylike
width : scalar or arraylike
height : sequence of scalars, optional, default: 0.8
left : sequence of scalars


Returns:  `matplotlib.patches.Rectangle` instances. : 
Other Parameters:  
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

See also
bar
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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
boxplot
(x, notch=False, sym=None, vert=True, whis=1.5, positions=None, widths=None, patch_artist=False, bootstrap=None, usermedians=None, conf_intervals=None, meanline=False, showmeans=False, showcaps=True, showbox=True, showfliers=True, boxprops=None, labels=None, flierprops=None, medianprops=None, meanprops=None, capprops=None, whiskerprops=None, manage_xticks=True)¶Make a box and whisker plot.
Call signature:
boxplot(self, x, notch=False, sym='b+', vert=True, whis=1.5,
positions=None, widths=None, patch_artist=False,
bootstrap=None, usermedians=None, conf_intervals=None,
meanline=False, showmeans=False, showcaps=True,
showbox=True, showfliers=True, boxprops=None, labels=None,
flierprops=None, medianprops=None, meanprops=None,
capprops=None, whiskerprops=None, manage_xticks=True):
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.
Parameters:  x : Array or a sequence of vectors.


Returns:  result : dict

Examples
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broken_barh
(xranges, yrange, **kwargs)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
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:
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bxp
(bxpstats, positions=None, widths=None, vert=True, patch_artist=False, shownotches=False, showmeans=False, showcaps=True, showbox=True, showfliers=True, boxprops=None, whiskerprops=None, flierprops=None, medianprops=None, capprops=None, meanprops=None, meanline=False, manage_xticks=True)¶Drawing function for box and whisker plots.
Call signature:
bxp(self, bxpstats, positions=None, widths=None, vert=True,
patch_artist=False, shownotches=False, showmeans=False,
showcaps=True, showbox=True, showfliers=True,
boxprops=None, whiskerprops=None, flierprops=None,
medianprops=None, capprops=None, meanprops=None,
meanline=False, manage_xticks=True):
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.
Parameters:  bxpstats : list of dicts
positions : arraylike, default = [1, 2, ..., n]
widths : arraylike, default = 0.5
vert : bool, default = False
patch_artist : bool, default = False shownotches : bool, default = False
showmeans : bool, default = False
showcaps : bool, default = True
showbox : bool, default = True
showfliers : bool, default = True
boxprops : dict or None (default)
whiskerprops : dict or None (default)
capprops : dict or None (default)
flierprops : dict or None (default)
medianprops : dict or None (default)
meanprops : dict or None (default)
meanline : bool, default = False
manage_xticks : bool, default = True


Returns:  result : dict

Examples
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can_pan
()¶Return True if this axes supports any pan/zoom button functionality.
can_zoom
()¶Return True if this axes supports the zoom box button functionality.
cla
()¶Clear the current axes.
clabel
(CS, *args, **kwargs)¶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
()¶clear the axes
cohere
(x, y, NFFT=256, Fs=2, Fc=0, detrend=<function detrend_none at 0x7fd543b15c08>, window=<function window_hanning at 0x7fd543b15938>, noverlap=0, pad_to=None, sides=u'default', scale_by_freq=None, **kwargs)¶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:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
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. You can also use a string to choose
one of the functions. ‘default’, ‘constant’, and ‘mean’ call
detrend_mean()
. ‘linear’ calls
detrend_linear()
. ‘none’ calls
detrend_none()
.
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.
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
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contains
(mouseevent)¶Test whether the mouse event occured in the axes.
Returns True / False, {}
contains_point
(point)¶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.
contour
(*args, **kwargs)¶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()
andmatplotlib.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
inmatplotlibrc
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:
contourf
(*args, **kwargs)¶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()
andmatplotlib.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
inmatplotlibrc
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:
convert_xunits
(x)¶For artists in an axes, if the xaxis has units support, convert x using xaxis unit type
convert_yunits
(y)¶For artists in an axes, if the yaxis has units support, convert y using yaxis unit type
csd
(x, y, NFFT=None, Fs=None, Fc=None, detrend=None, window=None, noverlap=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, scale_by_freq=None, return_line=None, **kwargs)¶Plot the 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, return_line=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. noverlap gives the length of the overlap between segments. 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.
If len(x) < NFFT or len(y) < NFFT, they will be zero padded to NFFT.
 x, y: 1D arrays or sequences
 Arrays or sequences containing the data
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
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. You can also use a string to choose
one of the functions. ‘default’, ‘constant’, and ‘mean’ call
detrend_mean()
. ‘linear’ calls
detrend_linear()
. ‘none’ calls
detrend_none()
.
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.
If return_line is False, returns the tuple (Pxy, freqs). If return_line is True, returns the tuple (Pxy, freqs. line):
 Pxy: 1D array
 The values for the cross spectrum
P_{xy}
before scaling (complex valued) freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the elements in Pxy
 line: a
Line2D
instance The line created by this function. Only returend if return_line is True.
For plotting, the power is plotted as
for decibels, though P_{xy}
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
psd()
psd()
is the equivalent to setting y=x.drag_pan
(button, key, x, y)¶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
(artist, renderer, *args, **kwargs)¶Draw everything (plot lines, axes, labels)
draw_artist
(a)¶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)
end_pan
()¶Called when a pan operation completes (when the mouse button is up.)
Note
Intended to be overridden by new projection types.
errorbar
(x, y, yerr=None, xerr=None, fmt=u'', ecolor=None, elinewidth=None, capsize=3, barsabove=False, lolims=False, uplims=False, xlolims=False, xuplims=False, errorevery=1, capthick=None, **kwargs)¶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: [ ‘’  ‘none’  plot format string ]
 The plot format symbol. If fmt is ‘none’ (caseinsensitive), only the errorbars are plotted. This is used for adding errorbars to a bar plot, for example. Default is ‘’, an empty plot format string; properties are then identical to the defaults for
plot()
. ecolor: [ None  mpl color ]
 A matplotlib color arg which gives the color the errorbar lines; if None, use the color of the line connecting the markers.
 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. To use limits with inverted axes,
set_xlim()
orset_ylim()
must be called beforeerrorbar()
. 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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
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:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
eventplot
(positions, orientation=u'horizontal', lineoffsets=1, linelengths=1, linewidths=None, colors=None, linestyles=u'solid', **kwargs)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat 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
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown verts
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
fill
(*args, **kwargs)¶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
instancecapstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
matplotlib color spec contains
a callable function edgecolor
or ecmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color facecolor
or fcmpl color spec, or None for default, or ‘none’ for no color figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefill
[True  False] gid
an id string hatch
[‘/’  ‘\’  ‘’  ‘‘  ‘+’  ‘x’  ‘o’  ‘O’  ‘.’  ‘*’] joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[‘solid’  ‘dashed’  ‘dashdot’  ‘dotted’] linewidth
or lwfloat or None for default lod
[True  False] path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
fill_between
(x, y1, y2=0, where=None, interpolate=False, **kwargs)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
See also
fill_betweenx()
fill_betweenx
(y, x1, x2=0, where=None, **kwargs)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
See also
fill_between()
findobj
(match=None, include_self=True)¶Find artist objects.
Recursively find all Artist
instances
contained in self.
match can be
 None: return all objects contained in artist.
 function with signature
boolean = match(artist)
used to filter matches class instance: e.g., Line2D. Only return artists of class type.
If include_self is True (default), include self in the list to be checked for a match.
format_coord
(x, y)¶Return a format string formatting the x, y coord
format_xdata
(x)¶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
format_ydata
(y)¶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_adjustable
()¶get_agg_filter
()¶return filter function to be used for agg filter
get_alpha
()¶Return the alpha value used for blending  not supported on all backends
get_anchor
()¶get_animated
()¶Return the artist’s animated state
get_aspect
()¶get_autoscale_on
()¶Get whether autoscaling is applied for both axes on plot commands
get_autoscalex_on
()¶Get whether autoscaling for the xaxis is applied on plot commands
get_autoscaley_on
()¶Get whether autoscaling for the yaxis is applied on plot commands
get_axes_locator
()¶return axes_locator
get_axis_bgcolor
()¶Return the axis background color
get_axisbelow
()¶Get whether axis below is true or not
get_children
()¶return a list of child artists
get_clip_box
()¶Return artist clipbox
get_clip_on
()¶Return whether artist uses clipping
get_clip_path
()¶Return artist clip path
get_contains
()¶Return the _contains test used by the artist, or None for default.
get_cursor_props
()¶Return the cursor propertiess as a (linewidth, color) tuple, where linewidth is a float and color is an RGBA tuple
get_data_ratio
()¶Returns the aspect ratio of the raw data.
This method is intended to be overridden by new projection types.
get_data_ratio_log
()¶Returns the aspect ratio of the raw data in log scale. Will be used when both axis scales are in log.
get_default_bbox_extra_artists
()¶get_frame_on
()¶Get whether the axes rectangle patch is drawn
get_gid
()¶Returns the group id
get_images
()¶return a list of Axes images contained by the Axes
get_label
()¶Get the label used for this artist in the legend.
get_legend
()¶Return the legend.Legend instance, or None if no legend is defined
get_legend_handles_labels
(legend_handler_map=None)¶Return handles and labels for legend
ax.legend()
is equivalent to
h, l = ax.get_legend_handles_labels()
ax.legend(h, l)
get_lines
()¶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
get_path_effects
()¶get_picker
()¶Return the picker object used by this artist
get_position
(original=False)¶Return the a copy of the axes rectangle as a Bbox
get_rasterization_zorder
()¶Get zorder value below which artists will be rasterized
get_rasterized
()¶return True if the artist is to be rasterized
get_renderer_cache
()¶Return a copy of the shared axes Grouper object for x axes
Return a copy of the shared axes Grouper object for y axes
get_sketch_params
()¶Returns the sketch parameters for the artist.
Returns:  sketch_params : tuple or A 3tuple with the following elements: :
May return `None` if no sketch parameters were set. : 

get_snap
()¶Returns the snap setting which may be:
 True: snap vertices to the nearest pixel center
 False: leave vertices asis
 None: (auto) If the path contains only rectilinear line segments, round to the nearest pixel center
Only supported by the Agg and MacOSX backends.
get_tightbbox
(renderer, call_axes_locator=True)¶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_title
(loc=u'center')¶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_transformed_clip_path_and_affine
()¶Return the clip path with the nonaffine part of its transformation applied, and the remaining affine part of its transformation.
get_url
()¶Returns the url
get_visible
()¶Return the artist’s visiblity
get_window_extent
(*args, **kwargs)¶get the axes bounding box in display space; args and kwargs are empty
get_xaxis
()¶Return the XAxis instance
get_xaxis_text1_transform
(pad_points)¶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_xaxis_text2_transform
(pad_points)¶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_xaxis_transform
(which=u'grid')¶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.
get_xbound
()¶Returns the xaxis numerical bounds where:
lowerBound < upperBound
get_xgridlines
()¶Get the x grid lines as a list of Line2D instances
get_xlabel
()¶Get the xlabel text string.
get_xlim
()¶Get the xaxis range [left, right]
get_xminorticklabels
()¶Get the x minor tick labels as a list of
matplotlib.text.Text
instances.
get_xscale
()¶Return the xaxis scale string: linear, log, symlog
get_xticklabels
(minor=False, which=None)¶Get the x tick labels as a list of Text
instances.
Parameters:  minor : bool
which : None, (‘minor’, ‘major’, ‘both’)


Returns:  ret : list

get_xticklines
()¶Get the xtick lines as a list of Line2D instances
get_xticks
(minor=False)¶Return the x ticks as a list of locations
get_yaxis
()¶Return the YAxis instance
get_yaxis_text1_transform
(pad_points)¶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_yaxis_text2_transform
(pad_points)¶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_yaxis_transform
(which=u'grid')¶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.
get_ybound
()¶Return yaxis numerical bounds in the form of
lowerBound < upperBound
get_ygridlines
()¶Get the y grid lines as a list of Line2D instances
get_ylabel
()¶Get the ylabel text string.
get_ylim
()¶Get the yaxis range [bottom, top]
get_yscale
()¶Return the yaxis scale string: linear, log, symlog
get_yticklabels
(minor=False, which=None)¶Get the x tick labels as a list of Text
instances.
Parameters:  minor : bool
which : None, (‘minor’, ‘major’, ‘both’)


Returns:  ret : list

get_yticklines
()¶Get the ytick lines as a list of Line2D instances
get_yticks
(minor=False)¶Return the y ticks as a list of locations
get_zorder
()¶Return the Artist
‘s zorder.
grid
(b=None, which=u'major', axis=u'both', **kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
has_data
()¶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.
have_units
()¶Return True if units are set on the x or y axes
hexbin
(x, y, C=None, gridsize=100, bins=None, xscale=u'linear', yscale=u'linear', extent=None, cmap=None, norm=None, vmin=None, vmax=None, alpha=None, linewidths=None, edgecolors=u'none', reduce_C_function=<function mean at 0x7fd5471666e0>, mincnt=None, marginals=False, **kwargs)¶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:
matplotlib.colors.Colormap
instance. If None,
defaults to rc image.cmap
.matplotlib.colors.Normalize
instance is used to
scale luminance data to 0,1.RegularPolyCollection
.Other keyword arguments controlling the Collection properties:
'none'
 mpl color  color sequence ]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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
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:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
hist
(x, bins=10, range=None, normed=False, weights=None, cumulative=False, bottom=None, histtype=u'bar', align=u'mid', orientation=u'vertical', rwidth=None, log=False, color=None, label=None, stacked=False, **kwargs)¶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 : (n,) array or sequence of (n,) arrays
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
bottom : array_like, scalar, or None, default: None
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:  n : array or list of arrays
bins : array
patches : list or list of lists

Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
hist2d
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
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
hist2d
(x, y, bins=10, range=None, normed=False, weights=None, cmin=None, cmax=None, **kwargs)¶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 : 
See also
hist
Notes
Rendering the histogram with a logarithmic color scale is
accomplished by passing a colors.LogNorm
instance to
the norm keyword argument. Likewise, powerlaw normalization
(similar in effect to gamma correction) can be accomplished with
colors.PowerNorm
.
Examples
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
hitlist
(event)¶List the children of the artist which contain the mouse event event.
hlines
(y, xmin, xmax, colors=u'k', linestyles=u'solid', label=u'', **kwargs)¶Plot horizontal lines at each y
from xmin
to xmax
.
Parameters:  y : scalar or sequence of scalar
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 : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
vlines
Examples
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
hold
(b=None)¶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
imshow
(X, cmap=None, norm=None, aspect=None, interpolation=None, alpha=None, vmin=None, vmax=None, origin=None, extent=None, shape=None, filternorm=1, filterrad=4.0, imlim=None, resample=None, url=None, **kwargs)¶Display an image on the axes.
Parameters:  X : array_like, shape (n, m) or (n, m, 3) or (n, m, 4)
cmap :
aspect : [‘auto’  ‘equal’  scalar], optional, default: None
interpolation : string, optional, default: None
norm :
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 : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
matshow
Examples
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
in_axes
(mouseevent)¶Return True if the given mouseevent (in display coords) is in the Axes
invert_xaxis
()¶Invert the xaxis.
invert_yaxis
()¶Invert the yaxis.
is_transform_set
()¶Returns True if Artist
has a transform explicitly
set.
ishold
()¶return the HOLD status of the axes
legend
(*args, **kwargs)¶Places a legend on the axes.
To make a legend for lines which already exist on the axes (via plot for instance), simply call this function with an iterable of strings, one for each legend item. For example:
ax.plot([1, 2, 3])
ax.legend(['A simple line'])
However, in order to keep the “label” and the legend element
instance together, it is preferable to specify the label either at
artist creation, or by calling the
set_label()
method on the artist:
line, = ax.plot([1, 2, 3], label='Inline label')
# Overwrite the label by calling the method.
line.set_label('Label via method')
ax.legend()
Specific lines can be excluded from the automatic legend element
selection by defining a label starting with an underscore.
This is default for all artists, so calling legend()
without
any arguments and without setting the labels manually will result in
no legend being drawn.
For full control of which artists have a legend entry, it is possible to pass an iterable of legend artists followed by an iterable of legend labels respectively:
legend((line1, line2, line3), ('label1', 'label2', 'label3'))
Parameters:  loc : int or string or pair of floats, default: 0
bbox_to_anchor :
ncol : integer
prop : None or
fontsize : int or float or {‘xxsmall’, ‘xsmall’, ‘small’, ‘medium’, ‘large’, ‘xlarge’, ‘xxlarge’}
numpoints : None or int
scatterpoints : None or int
scatteryoffsets : iterable of floats
markerscale : None or int or float
frameon : None or bool
fancybox : None or bool
shadow : None or bool
framealpha : None or float
mode : {“expand”, None}
bbox_transform : None or
title : str or None
borderpad : float or None
labelspacing : float or None
handlelength : float or None
handletextpad : float or None
borderaxespad : float or None
columnspacing : float or None
handler_map : dict or None


Notes
Not all kinds of artist are supported by the legend command. See Legend guide for details.
Examples
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
locator_params
(axis=u'both', tight=None, **kwargs)¶Control behavior of tick locators.
Keyword arguments:
autoscale_view()
.
Default is None, for no change.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.
loglog
(*args, **kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
magnitude_spectrum
(x, Fs=None, Fc=None, window=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, scale=None, **kwargs)¶Plot the magnitude spectrum.
Call signature:
magnitude_spectrum(x, Fs=2, Fc=0, window=mlab.window_hanning,
pad_to=None, sides='default', **kwargs)
Compute the magnitude spectrum of x. Data is padded to a length of pad_to and the windowing function window is applied to the signal.
 x: 1D array or sequence
 Array or sequence containing the data
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. While not increasing the actual resolution of the spectrum (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 the length of the input signal (i.e. no padding).
Returns the tuple (spectrum, freqs, line):
 spectrum: 1D array
 The values for the magnitude spectrum before scaling (real valued)
 freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the elements in spectrum
 line: a
Line2D
instance The line created by this function
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
psd()
psd()
plots the power spectral density.`.angle_spectrum()
angle_spectrum()
plots the angles of the corresponding
frequencies.phase_spectrum()
phase_spectrum()
plots the phase (unwrapped angle) of the
corresponding frequencies.specgram()
specgram()
can plot the magnitude spectrum of segments
within the signal in a colormap.margins
(*args, **kw)¶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.
matshow
(Z, **kwargs)¶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 : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs :

See also
imshow
Examples
minorticks_off
()¶Remove minor ticks from the axes.
minorticks_on
()¶Add autoscaling minor ticks to the axes.
name
= u'rectilinear'¶pchanged
()¶Fire an event when property changed, calling all of the registered callbacks.
pcolor
(*args, **kwargs)¶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 tonormalize()
. 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
 snap: bool
 Whether to snap the mesh to pixel boundaries.
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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
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
pcolormesh()
pcolorfast
(*args, **kwargs)¶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.
pcolormesh
(*args, **kwargs)¶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 tonormalize()
. 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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
See also
pcolor()
phase_spectrum
(x, Fs=None, Fc=None, window=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, **kwargs)¶Plot the phase spectrum.
Call signature:
phase_spectrum(x, Fs=2, Fc=0, window=mlab.window_hanning,
pad_to=None, sides='default', **kwargs)
Compute the phase spectrum (unwrapped angle spectrum) of x. Data is padded to a length of pad_to and the windowing function window is applied to the signal.
 x: 1D array or sequence
 Array or sequence containing the data
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
The number of points to which the data segment is padded when performing the FFT. While not increasing the actual resolution of the spectrum (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 the length of the input signal (i.e. no padding).
Returns the tuple (spectrum, freqs, line):
 spectrum: 1D array
 The values for the phase spectrum in radians (real valued)
 freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the elements in spectrum
 line: a
Line2D
instance The line created by this function
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
magnitude_spectrum()
magnitude_spectrum()
plots the magnitudes of the
corresponding frequencies.angle_spectrum()
angle_spectrum()
plots the wrapped version of this
function.specgram()
specgram()
can plot the phase spectrum of segments
within the signal in a colormap.pick
(*args)¶Call signature:
pick(mouseevent)
each child artist will fire a pick event if mouseevent is over the artist and the artist has picker set
pickable
()¶Return True if Artist
is pickable.
pie
(x, explode=None, labels=None, colors=None, autopct=None, pctdistance=0.6, shadow=False, labeldistance=1.1, startangle=None, radius=None, counterclock=True, wedgeprops=None, textprops=None)¶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,
counterclock=True, wedgeprops=None, textprops=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.
 counterclock: [ False  True ]
 Specify fractions direction, clockwise or counterclockwise.
 wedgeprops: [ None  dict of key value pairs ]
 Dict of arguments passed to the wedge objects making the pie. For example, you can pass in wedgeprops = { ‘linewidth’ : 3 } to set the width of the wedge border lines equal to 3. For more details, look at the doc/arguments of the wedge object. By default
clip_on=False
. textprops: [ None  dict of key value pairs ]
 Dict of arguments to pass to the text objects.
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
(*args, **kwargs)¶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.
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
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_date
(x, y, fmt=u'o', tz=None, xdate=True, ydate=False, **kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
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.
properties
()¶return a dictionary mapping property name > value for all Artist props
psd
(x, NFFT=None, Fs=None, Fc=None, detrend=None, window=None, noverlap=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, scale_by_freq=None, return_line=None, **kwargs)¶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, return_line=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 , with a scaling to correct for power loss due to windowing.
If len(x) < NFFT, it will be zero padded to NFFT.
 x: 1D array or sequence
 Array or sequence containing the data
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
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. You can also use a string to choose
one of the functions. ‘default’, ‘constant’, and ‘mean’ call
detrend_mean()
. ‘linear’ calls
detrend_linear()
. ‘none’ calls
detrend_none()
.
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.
If return_line is False, returns the tuple (Pxx, freqs). If return_line is True, returns the tuple (Pxx, freqs. line):
 Pxx: 1D array
 The values for the power spectrum
P_{xx}
before scaling (real valued) freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the elements in Pxx
 line: a
Line2D
instance The line created by this function. Only returend if return_line is True.
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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
specgram()
specgram()
differs in the default overlap; in not
returning the mean of the segment periodograms; in returning
the times of the segments; and in plotting a colormap instead
of a line.magnitude_spectrum()
magnitude_spectrum()
plots the magnitude spectrum.csd()
csd()
plots the spectral density between two signals.quiver
(*args, **kw)¶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 antialiasedsBoolean or sequence of booleans array
unknown axes
an Axes
instanceclim
a length 2 sequence of floats clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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 contains
a callable function edgecolor
or edgecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color arg or sequence of rgba tuples figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
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 linewidthsfloat or sequence of floats lod
[True  False] norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[Nonefloatbooleancallable] pickradius
unknown rasterized
[True  False  None] sketch_params
unknown snap
unknown transform
Transform
instanceurl
a url string urls
unknown visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
quiverkey
(*args, **kw)¶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.
redraw_in_frame
()¶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)
relim
(visible_only=False)¶Recompute the data limits based on current artists. If you want to
exclude invisible artists from the calculation, set
visible_only=True
At present, Collection
instances are not supported.
remove
()¶Remove the artist from the figure if possible. The effect
will not be visible until the figure is redrawn, e.g., with
matplotlib.axes.Axes.draw_idle()
. Call
matplotlib.axes.Axes.relim()
to update the axes limits
if desired.
Note: relim()
will not see
collections even if the collection was added to axes with
autolim = True.
Note: there is no support for removing the artist’s legend entry.
remove_callback
(oid)¶Remove a callback based on its id.
See also
add_callback()
reset_position
()¶Make the original position the active position
scatter
(x, y, s=20, c=u'b', marker=u'o', cmap=None, norm=None, vmin=None, vmax=None, alpha=None, linewidths=None, verts=None, **kwargs)¶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 :
cmap :
norm :
vmin, vmax : scalar, optional, default: None
alpha : scalar, optional, default: None
linewidths : scalar or array_like, optional, default: None


Returns:  paths : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
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
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
semilogx
(*args, **kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
See also
loglog()
semilogy
(*args, **kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]color
or cany matplotlib color contains
a callable function dash_capstyle
[‘butt’  ‘round’  ‘projecting’] dash_joinstyle
[‘miter’  ‘round’  ‘bevel’] dashes
sequence of on/off ink in points drawstyle
[‘default’  ‘steps’  ‘stepspre’  ‘stepsmid’  ‘stepspost’] figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefillstyle
[‘full’  ‘left’  ‘right’  ‘bottom’  ‘top’  ‘none’] gid
an id string label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or ls[ ''
''
'.'
':'
'None'
' '
''
]linewidth
or lwfloat value in points lod
[True  False] marker
unknown markeredgecolor
or mecany matplotlib color markeredgewidth
or mewfloat value in points markerfacecolor
or mfcany matplotlib color markerfacecoloralt
or mfcaltany matplotlib color markersize
or msfloat markevery
unknown 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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] xdata
1D array ydata
1D array zorder
any number
See also
loglog()
set
(**kwargs)¶A tkstyle set command, pass kwargs to set properties
set_adjustable
(adjustable)¶ACCEPTS: [ ‘box’  ‘datalim’  ‘boxforced’]
set_agg_filter
(filter_func)¶set agg_filter fuction.
set_alpha
(alpha)¶Set the alpha value used for blending  not supported on all backends.
ACCEPTS: float (0.0 transparent through 1.0 opaque)
set_anchor
(anchor)¶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
set_animated
(b)¶Set the artist’s animation state.
ACCEPTS: [True  False]
set_aspect
(aspect, adjustable=None, anchor=None)¶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_autoscale_on
(b)¶Set whether autoscaling is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
set_autoscalex_on
(b)¶Set whether autoscaling for the xaxis is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
set_autoscaley_on
(b)¶Set whether autoscaling for the yaxis is applied on plot commands
accepts: [ True  False ]
set_axes
(axes)¶Set the Axes
instance in which the
artist resides, if any.
ACCEPTS: an Axes
instance
set_axes_locator
(locator)¶set axes_locator
set_axis_off
()¶turn off the axis
set_axis_on
()¶turn on the axis
set_axisbelow
(b)¶Set whether the axis ticks and gridlines are above or below most artists
ACCEPTS: [ True  False ]
set_clip_box
(clipbox)¶Set the artist’s clip Bbox
.
ACCEPTS: a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instance
set_clip_on
(b)¶Set whether artist uses clipping.
When False artists will be visible out side of the axes which can lead to unexpected results.
ACCEPTS: [True  False]
set_clip_path
(path, transform=None)¶Set the artist’s clip path, which may be:
For efficiency, if the path happens to be an axisaligned rectangle, this method will set the clipping box to the corresponding rectangle and set the clipping path to None.
set_color_cycle
(clist)¶Set the color cycle for any future plot commands on this Axes.
clist is a list of mpl color specifiers.
set_contains
(picker)¶Replace the contains test used by this artist. The new picker should be a callable function which determines whether the artist is hit by the mouse event:
hit, props = picker(artist, mouseevent)
If the mouse event is over the artist, return hit = True and props is a dictionary of properties you want returned with the contains test.
ACCEPTS: a callable function
set_cursor_props
(*args)¶Set the cursor property as:
ax.set_cursor_props(linewidth, color)
or:
ax.set_cursor_props((linewidth, color))
ACCEPTS: a (float, color) tuple
set_frame_on
(b)¶Set whether the axes rectangle patch is drawn
ACCEPTS: [ True  False ]
set_gid
(gid)¶Sets the (group) id for the artist
ACCEPTS: an id string
set_label
(s)¶Set the label to s for auto legend.
ACCEPTS: string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion.
set_lod
(on)¶Set Level of Detail on or off. If on, the artists may examine things like the pixel width of the axes and draw a subset of their contents accordingly
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_path_effects
(path_effects)¶set path_effects, which should be a list of instances of matplotlib.patheffect._Base class or its derivatives.
set_picker
(picker)¶Set the epsilon for picking used by this artist
picker can be one of the following:
None: picking is disabled for this artist (default)
A boolean: if True then picking will be enabled and the artist will fire a pick event if the mouse event is over the artist
A float: if picker is a number it is interpreted as an epsilon tolerance in points and the artist will fire off an event if it’s data is within epsilon of the mouse event. For some artists like lines and patch collections, the artist may provide additional data to the pick event that is generated, e.g., the indices of the data within epsilon of the pick event
A function: if picker is callable, it is a user supplied function which determines whether the artist is hit by the mouse event:
hit, props = picker(artist, mouseevent)to determine the hit test. if the mouse event is over the artist, return hit=True and props is a dictionary of properties you want added to the PickEvent attributes.
ACCEPTS: [Nonefloatbooleancallable]
set_position
(pos, which=u'both')¶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_rasterization_zorder
(z)¶Set zorder value below which artists will be rasterized. Set
to None
to disable rasterizing of artists below a particular
zorder.
set_rasterized
(rasterized)¶Force rasterized (bitmap) drawing in vector backend output.
Defaults to None, which implies the backend’s default behavior
ACCEPTS: [True  False  None]
set_sketch_params
(scale=None, length=None, randomness=None)¶Sets the the sketch parameters.
Parameters:  scale : float, optional
length : float, optional
randomness : float, optional


set_snap
(snap)¶Sets the snap setting which may be:
 True: snap vertices to the nearest pixel center
 False: leave vertices asis
 None: (auto) If the path contains only rectilinear line segments, round to the nearest pixel center
Only supported by the Agg and MacOSX backends.
set_title
(label, fontdict=None, loc=u'center', **kwargs)¶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 :

Other Parameters:  
kwargs : text properties

set_url
(url)¶Sets the url for the artist
ACCEPTS: a url string
set_visible
(b)¶Set the artist’s visiblity.
ACCEPTS: [True  False]
set_xbound
(lower=None, upper=None)¶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_xlabel
(xlabel, fontdict=None, labelpad=None, **kwargs)¶Set the label for the xaxis.
Parameters:  xlabel : string
labelpad : scalar, optional, default: None


Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
text
set_xlim
(left=None, right=None, emit=True, auto=False, **kw)¶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_xmargin
(m)¶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
set_xscale
(value, **kwargs)¶Call signature:
set_xscale(value)
Set the scaling of the xaxis: u’linear’  u’log’  u’symlog’
ACCEPTS: [u’linear’  u’log’  u’symlog’]
‘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.
set_xticklabels
(labels, fontdict=None, minor=False, **kwargs)¶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
instancebackgroundcolor
any matplotlib color bbox
rectangle prop dict clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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
instancefontproperties
or font_propertiesa matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties
instancegid
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
instanceurl
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_xticks
(ticks, minor=False)¶Set the x ticks with list of ticks
ACCEPTS: sequence of floats
set_ybound
(lower=None, upper=None)¶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_ylabel
(ylabel, fontdict=None, labelpad=None, **kwargs)¶Set the label for the yaxis
Parameters:  ylabel : string
labelpad : scalar, optional, default: None


Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
text
set_ylim
(bottom=None, top=None, emit=True, auto=False, **kw)¶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_ymargin
(m)¶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
set_yscale
(value, **kwargs)¶Call signature:
set_yscale(value)
Set the scaling of the yaxis: u’linear’  u’log’  u’symlog’
ACCEPTS: [u’linear’  u’log’  u’symlog’]
‘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.
set_yticklabels
(labels, fontdict=None, minor=False, **kwargs)¶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
instancebackgroundcolor
any matplotlib color bbox
rectangle prop dict clip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_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
instancefontproperties
or font_propertiesa matplotlib.font_manager.FontProperties
instancegid
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
instanceurl
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_yticks
(ticks, minor=False)¶Set the y ticks with list of ticks
ACCEPTS: sequence of floats
Keyword arguments:
 minor: [ False  True ]
 Sets the minor ticks if True
set_zorder
(level)¶Set the zorder for the artist. Artists with lower zorder values are drawn first.
ACCEPTS: any number
specgram
(x, NFFT=None, Fs=None, Fc=None, detrend=None, window=None, noverlap=None, cmap=None, xextent=None, pad_to=None, sides=None, scale_by_freq=None, mode=None, scale=None, vmin=None, vmax=None, **kwargs)¶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, mode='default', scale='default',
**kwargs)
Compute and plot a spectrogram of data in x. Data are split into NFFT length segments and the spectrum 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 as a colormap (using imshow).
Keyword arguments:
 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.
 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 iswindow_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. sides: [ ‘default’  ‘onesided’  ‘twosided’ ]
 Specifies which sides of the spectrum 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 spectrum, while ‘twosided’ forces twosided.
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. You can also use a string to choose
one of the functions. ‘default’, ‘constant’, and ‘mean’ call
detrend_mean()
. ‘linear’ calls
detrend_linear()
. ‘none’ calls
detrend_none()
.
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.
matplotlib.colors.Colormap
instance; if None, use
default determined by rcspecgram()
Note
detrend and scale_by_freq only apply when mode is set to ‘psd’
Returns the tuple (spectrum, freqs, t, im):
 spectrum: 2D array
 columns are the periodograms of successive segments
 freqs: 1D array
 The frequencies corresponding to the rows in spectrum
 t: 1D array
 The times corresponding to midpoints of segments (i.e the columns in spectrum)
 im: instance of class
AxesImage
 The image created by imshow containing the spectrogram
Example:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
See also
psd()
psd()
differs in the default overlap; in returning
the mean of the segment periodograms; in not returning
times; and in generating a line plot instead of colormap.magnitude_spectrum()
angle_spectrum()
phase_spectrum()
spy
(Z, precision=0, marker=None, markersize=None, aspect=u'equal', origin=u'upper', **kwargs)¶Plot the sparsity pattern on a 2D array.
spy(Z)
plots the sparsity pattern of the 2D array Z.
Parameters:  Z : sparse array (n, m)
precision : float, optional, default: 0
origin : [“upper”, “lower”], optional, default: “upper”
aspect : [‘auto’  ‘equal’  scalar], optional, default: “equal”
Two plotting styles are available: image or marker. Both : are available for full arrays, but only the marker style : works for :class:`scipy.sparse.spmatrix` instances. : If *marker* and *markersize* are *None*, an image will be : returned and any remaining kwargs are passed to : :func:`~matplotlib.pyplot.imshow`; else, a : :class:`~matplotlib.lines.Line2D` object will be returned with : the value of marker determining the marker type, and any : remaining kwargs passed to the : :meth:`~matplotlib.axes.Axes.plot` method. : If *marker* and *markersize* are *None*, useful kwargs include: : * *cmap* : * *alpha* : 

See also
imshow
plot
stackplot
(x, *args, **kwargs)¶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:
ThemeRiver
. ‘wiggle’ minimizes the
sum of the squared slopes. ‘weighted_wiggle’ does the
same but weights to account for size of each layer.
It is also called Streamgraph
layout. More details
can be found at http://www.leebyron.com/else/streamgraph/.fill_between()
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
start_pan
(x, y, button)¶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.
stem
(*args, **kwargs)¶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:
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
step
(x, y, *args, **kwargs)¶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.
streamplot
(x, y, u, v, density=1, linewidth=None, color=None, cmap=None, norm=None, arrowsize=1, arrowstyle=u'>', minlength=0.1, transform=None, zorder=1)¶Draws streamlines of a vector flow.
density = 1
, the domain
is divided into a 30x30 grid—density linearly scales this grid.
Each cell in the grid can have, at most, one traversing streamline.
For different densities in each direction, use [density_x, density_y].Colormap
Normalize
FancyArrowPatch
.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.
table
(**kwargs)¶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
instanceclip_box
a matplotlib.transforms.Bbox
instanceclip_on
[True  False] clip_path
[ ( Path
,Transform
) Patch
 None ]contains
a callable function figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancefontsize
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
instanceurl
a url string visible
[True  False] zorder
any number
text
(x, y, s, fontdict=None, withdash=False, **kwargs)¶Add text to the axes.
Add text in string s
to axis at location x
, y
, data
coordinates.
Parameters:  x, y : scalars
s : string
fontdict : dictionary, optional, default: None
withdash : boolean, optional, default: False


Other Parameters:  
kwargs :

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))
tick_params
(axis=u'both', **kwargs)¶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.
ticklabel_format
(**kwargs)¶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.
tricontour
(*args, **kwargs)¶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()
andmatplotlib.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
inmatplotlibrc
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
inmatplotlibrc
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:
tricontourf
(*args, **kwargs)¶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()
andmatplotlib.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
inmatplotlibrc
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
inmatplotlibrc
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:
tripcolor
(*args, **kwargs)¶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:
triplot
(*args, **kwargs)¶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()
.
Return a list of 2 Line2D
containing
respectively:
 the lines plotted for triangles edges
 the markers plotted for triangles nodes
Example:
twinx
()¶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.
twiny
()¶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
(props)¶Update the properties of this Artist
from the
dictionary prop.
update_datalim
(xys, updatex=True, updatey=True)¶Update the data lim bbox with seq of xy tups or equiv. 2D array
update_datalim_numerix
(x, y)¶Update the data lim bbox with seq of xy tups
update_from
(other)¶Copy properties from other to self.
violin
(vpstats, positions=None, vert=True, widths=0.5, showmeans=False, showextrema=True, showmedians=False)¶Drawing function for violin plots.
Call signature:
violin(vpstats, positions=None, vert=True, widths=0.5,
showmeans=False, showextrema=True, showmedians=False):
Draw a violin plot for each column of vpstats
. Each filled area
extends to represent the entire data range, with optional lines at the
mean, the median, the minimum, and the maximum.
Parameters:  vpstats : list of dicts
positions : arraylike, default = [1, 2, ..., n]
vert : bool, default = True.
widths : arraylike, default = 0.5
showmeans : bool, default = False
showextrema : bool, default = True
showmedians : bool, default = False


Returns:  result : dict

violinplot
(dataset, positions=None, vert=True, widths=0.5, showmeans=False, showextrema=True, showmedians=False, points=100, bw_method=None)¶Make a violin plot.
Call signature:
violinplot(dataset, positions=None, vert=True, widths=0.5,
showmeans=False, showextrema=True, showmedians=False,
points=100, bw_method=None):
Make a violin plot for each column of dataset or each vector in sequence dataset. Each filled area extends to represent the entire data range, with optional lines at the mean, the median, the minimum, and the maximum.
Parameters:  dataset : Array or a sequence of vectors.
positions : arraylike, default = [1, 2, ..., n]
vert : bool, default = True.
widths : arraylike, default = 0.5
showmeans : bool, default = False
showextrema : bool, default = True
showmedians : bool, default = False
points : scalar, default = 100
bw_method : str, scalar or callable, optional


Returns:  result : dict

vlines
(x, ymin, ymax, colors=u'k', linestyles=u'solid', label=u'', **kwargs)¶Plot vertical lines.
Plot vertical lines at each x
from ymin
to ymax
.
Parameters:  x : scalar or 1D array_like
ymin, ymax : 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 : 
Other Parameters:  
kwargs : 
See also
hlines
Examples
(Source code, png, hires.png, pdf)
xaxis_date
(tz=None)¶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.
xaxis_inverted
()¶Returns True if the xaxis is inverted.
xcorr
(x, y, normed=True, detrend=<function detrend_none at 0x7fd543b15c08>, usevlines=True, maxlags=10, **kwargs)¶Plot the cross correlation between x and y.
Parameters:  x : sequence of scalars of length n y : sequence of scalars of length n hold : boolean, optional, default: True detrend : callable, optional, default:
normed : boolean, optional, default: True
usevlines : boolean, optional, default: True
maxlags : integer, optional, default: 10


Returns:  (lags, c, line, b) : where:

Other Parameters:  
linestyle :
marker : string, optional, default: ‘o’ 
Notes
The cross correlation is performed with numpy.correlate()
with
mode
= 2.
yaxis_date
(tz=None)¶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.
yaxis_inverted
()¶Returns True if the yaxis is inverted.
zorder
= 0¶