Scatter plot on polar axis

Size increases radially in this example and color increases with angle (just to verify the symbols are being scattered correctly).

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


# Fixing random state for reproducibility
np.random.seed(19680801)

# Compute areas and colors
N = 150
r = 2 * np.random.rand(N)
theta = 2 * np.pi * np.random.rand(N)
area = 200 * r**2
colors = theta

fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(111, projection='polar')
c = ax.scatter(theta, r, c=colors, s=area, cmap='hsv', alpha=0.75)
polar scatter

Scatter plot on polar axis, with offset origin

The main difference with the previous plot is the configuration of the origin radius, producing an annulus. Additionally, the theta zero location is set to rotate the plot.

fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(111, polar=True)
c = ax.scatter(theta, r, c=colors, s=area, cmap='hsv', alpha=0.75)

ax.set_rorigin(-2.5)
ax.set_theta_zero_location('W', offset=10)
polar scatter

Scatter plot on polar axis confined to a sector

The main difference with the previous plots is the configuration of the theta start and end limits, producing a sector instead of a full circle.

fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(111, polar=True)
c = ax.scatter(theta, r, c=colors, s=area, cmap='hsv', alpha=0.75)

ax.set_thetamin(45)
ax.set_thetamax(135)

plt.show()
polar scatter

References

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

Out:

<function PolarAxes.set_thetamax at 0x7f4debd7ea60>

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.792 seconds)

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