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pylab_examples example code: date_demo_convert.pyΒΆ

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import datetime
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.dates import DayLocator, HourLocator, DateFormatter, drange
from numpy import arange

date1 = datetime.datetime(2000, 3, 2)
date2 = datetime.datetime(2000, 3, 6)
delta = datetime.timedelta(hours=6)
dates = drange(date1, date2, delta)

y = arange(len(dates)*1.0)

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
ax.plot_date(dates, y*y)

# this is superfluous, since the autoscaler should get it right, but
# use date2num and num2date to convert between dates and floats if
# you want; both date2num and num2date convert an instance or sequence
ax.set_xlim(dates[0], dates[-1])

# The hour locator takes the hour or sequence of hours you want to
# tick, not the base multiple

ax.xaxis.set_minor_locator(HourLocator(arange(0, 25, 6)))

ax.fmt_xdata = DateFormatter('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S')

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