Boxplot drawer function#

This example demonstrates how to pass pre-computed box plot statistics to the box plot drawer. The first figure demonstrates how to remove and add individual components (note that the mean is the only value not shown by default). The second figure demonstrates how the styles of the artists can be customized.

A good general reference on boxplots and their history can be found here:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.cbook as cbook

# fake data
data = np.random.lognormal(size=(37, 4), mean=1.5, sigma=1.75)
labels = list('ABCD')

# compute the boxplot stats
stats = cbook.boxplot_stats(data, labels=labels, bootstrap=10000)

After we've computed the stats, we can go through and change anything. Just to prove it, I'll set the median of each set to the median of all the data, and double the means

for n in range(len(stats)):
    stats[n]['med'] = np.median(data)
    stats[n]['mean'] *= 2


fs = 10  # fontsize
['label', 'mean', 'iqr', 'cilo', 'cihi', 'whishi', 'whislo', 'fliers', 'q1', 'med', 'q3']

Demonstrate how to toggle the display of different elements:

fig, axs = plt.subplots(nrows=2, ncols=3, figsize=(6, 6), sharey=True)
axs[0, 0].bxp(stats)
axs[0, 0].set_title('Default', fontsize=fs)

axs[0, 1].bxp(stats, showmeans=True)
axs[0, 1].set_title('showmeans=True', fontsize=fs)

axs[0, 2].bxp(stats, showmeans=True, meanline=True)
axs[0, 2].set_title('showmeans=True,\nmeanline=True', fontsize=fs)

axs[1, 0].bxp(stats, showbox=False, showcaps=False)
tufte_title = 'Tufte Style\n(showbox=False,\nshowcaps=False)'
axs[1, 0].set_title(tufte_title, fontsize=fs)

axs[1, 1].bxp(stats, shownotches=True)
axs[1, 1].set_title('notch=True', fontsize=fs)

axs[1, 2].bxp(stats, showfliers=False)
axs[1, 2].set_title('showfliers=False', fontsize=fs)

for ax in axs.flat:

Default, showmeans=True, showmeans=True, meanline=True, Tufte Style (showbox=False, showcaps=False), notch=True, showfliers=False

Demonstrate how to customize the display different elements:

boxprops = dict(linestyle='--', linewidth=3, color='darkgoldenrod')
flierprops = dict(marker='o', markerfacecolor='green', markersize=12,
medianprops = dict(linestyle='-.', linewidth=2.5, color='firebrick')
meanpointprops = dict(marker='D', markeredgecolor='black',
meanlineprops = dict(linestyle='--', linewidth=2.5, color='purple')

fig, axs = plt.subplots(nrows=2, ncols=2, figsize=(6, 6), sharey=True)
axs[0, 0].bxp(stats, boxprops=boxprops)
axs[0, 0].set_title('Custom boxprops', fontsize=fs)

axs[0, 1].bxp(stats, flierprops=flierprops, medianprops=medianprops)
axs[0, 1].set_title('Custom medianprops\nand flierprops', fontsize=fs)

axs[1, 0].bxp(stats, meanprops=meanpointprops, meanline=False,
axs[1, 0].set_title('Custom mean\nas point', fontsize=fs)

axs[1, 1].bxp(stats, meanprops=meanlineprops, meanline=True,
axs[1, 1].set_title('Custom mean\nas line', fontsize=fs)

for ax in axs.flat:

fig.suptitle("I never said they'd be pretty")
I never said they'd be pretty, Custom boxprops, Custom medianprops and flierprops, Custom mean as point, Custom mean as line


The use of the following functions, methods, classes and modules is shown in this example:

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.882 seconds)

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