Looking Glass#

Example using mouse events to simulate a looking glass for inspecting data.


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Left click and drag to move looking glass
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.patches as patches

# Fixing random state for reproducibility

x, y = np.random.rand(2, 200)

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
circ = patches.Circle((0.5, 0.5), 0.25, alpha=0.8, fc='yellow')

ax.plot(x, y, alpha=0.2)
line, = ax.plot(x, y, alpha=1.0, clip_path=circ)
ax.set_title("Left click and drag to move looking glass")

class EventHandler:
    def __init__(self):
        fig.canvas.mpl_connect('button_press_event', self.on_press)
        fig.canvas.mpl_connect('button_release_event', self.on_release)
        fig.canvas.mpl_connect('motion_notify_event', self.on_move)
        self.x0, self.y0 = circ.center
        self.pressevent = None

    def on_press(self, event):
        if event.inaxes != ax:

        if not circ.contains(event)[0]:

        self.pressevent = event

    def on_release(self, event):
        self.pressevent = None
        self.x0, self.y0 = circ.center

    def on_move(self, event):
        if self.pressevent is None or event.inaxes != self.pressevent.inaxes:

        dx = event.xdata - self.pressevent.xdata
        dy = event.ydata - self.pressevent.ydata
        circ.center = self.x0 + dx, self.y0 + dy

handler = EventHandler()

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