QuadMesh Demo#

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

This demo illustrates a bug in quadmesh with masked data.

from matplotlib import 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 = np.ma.masked_where(np.abs(Qz) < 0.5 * np.max(Qz), Z)

fig, axs = plt.subplots(nrows=1, ncols=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.
cmap = plt.colormaps[plt.rcParams['image.cmap']].with_extremes(bad='y')
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')

Without masked values, With masked values, With masked values


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

Total running time of the script: (0 minutes 1.423 seconds)

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