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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 numpy as np
from matplotlib.pyplot import figure, show, savefig
from matplotlib import cm, colors
from numpy import ma

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)
Qx = (Qx + 1.1)
Z = np.sqrt(X**2 + Y**2) / 5
Z = (Z - Z.min()) / (Z.max() - Z.min())

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

fig = figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(121)
ax.pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Z, shading='gouraud')
ax.set_title('Without masked values')

ax = fig.add_subplot(122)
#  You can control the color of the masked region:
# cmap = cm.RdBu
# cmap.set_bad('y', 1.0)
# ax.pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Zm, cmap=cmap)
#  Or use the default, which is transparent:
col = ax.pcolormesh(Qx, Qz, Zm, shading='gouraud')
ax.set_title('With masked values')


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