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QuadMesh DemoΒΆ

pcolormesh uses a QuadMesh, a faster generalization of pcolor, but with some restrictions.

This demo illustrates a bug in quadmesh with masked data.

import copy

from matplotlib import cm, colors, pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

n = 12
x = np.linspace(-1.5, 1.5, n)
y = np.linspace(-1.5, 1.5, n * 2)
X, Y = np.meshgrid(x, y)
Qx = np.cos(Y) - np.cos(X)
Qz = np.sin(Y) + np.sin(X)
Z = np.sqrt(X**2 + Y**2) / 5
Z = (Z - Z.min()) / (Z.max() - Z.min())

# The color array can include masked values.
Zm = < 0.5 * np.max(Qz), Z)

fig, axs = plt.subplots(1, 3)
axs[0].pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Z, shading='gouraud')
axs[0].set_title('Without masked values')

# You can control the color of the masked region.  We copy the default colormap
# before modifying it.
cmap = copy.copy(cm.get_cmap(plt.rcParams['image.cmap']))
cmap.set_bad('y', 1.0)
axs[1].pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Zm, shading='gouraud', cmap=cmap)
axs[1].set_title('With masked values')

# Or use the default, which is transparent.
axs[2].pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Zm, shading='gouraud')
axs[2].set_title('With masked values')


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