# 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: http://vita.had.co.nz/papers/boxplots.pdf

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

import matplotlib.cbook as cbook

# fake data
np.random.seed(19680801)
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

print(list(stats[0]))

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:
ax.set_yscale('log')
ax.set_yticklabels([])

plt.show()


Demonstrate how to customize the display different elements:

boxprops = dict(linestyle='--', linewidth=3, color='darkgoldenrod')
flierprops = dict(marker='o', markerfacecolor='green', markersize=12,
linestyle='none')
medianprops = dict(linestyle='-.', linewidth=2.5, color='firebrick')
meanpointprops = dict(marker='D', markeredgecolor='black',
markerfacecolor='firebrick')
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,
showmeans=True)
axs[1, 0].set_title('Custom mean\nas point', fontsize=fs)

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

for ax in axs.flat:
ax.set_yscale('log')
ax.set_yticklabels([])

fig.suptitle("I never said they'd be pretty")