Axes.
pcolor
(*args, **kwargs)¶Create a pseudocolor plot of a 2-D 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 column index corresponds to the x-coordinate, and the row index corresponds to y; for details, see the Grid Orientation section below.
If either or both of X and Y are 1-D arrays or column vectors, they will be expanded as needed into the appropriate 2-D 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 pre-existing 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 spec or sequence of specs facecolor
or facecolorsmatplotlib color spec or sequence of specs figure
a matplotlib.figure.Figure
instancegid
an id string hatch
[ ‘/’ | ‘\’ | ‘|’ | ‘-‘ | ‘+’ | ‘x’ | ‘o’ | ‘O’ | ‘.’ | ‘*’ ] label
string or anything printable with ‘%s’ conversion. linestyle
or dashes or linestyles[‘solid’ | ‘dashed’, ‘dashdot’, ‘dotted’ | (offset, on-off-dash-seq) | '-'
|'--'
|'-.'
|':'
|'None'
|' '
|''
]linewidth
or linewidths or lwfloat or sequence of floats norm
unknown offset_position
unknown offsets
float or sequence of floats path_effects
unknown picker
[None|float|boolean|callable] 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()
Note
In addition to the above described arguments, this function can take a data keyword argument. If such a data argument is given, the following arguments are replaced by data[<arg>]: