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Click :ref:`here ` to download the full example code
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.. _sphx_glr_gallery_lines_bars_and_markers_fill_between_alpha.py:
Fill Between and Alpha
======================
The `~matplotlib.axes.Axes.fill_between` function generates a shaded
region between a min and max boundary that is useful for illustrating ranges.
It has a very handy ``where`` argument to combine filling with logical ranges,
e.g., to just fill in a curve over some threshold value.
At its most basic level, ``fill_between`` can be use to enhance a graphs visual
appearance. Let's compare two graphs of a financial times with a simple line
plot on the left and a filled line on the right.
.. code-block:: default
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.cbook as cbook
# Fixing random state for reproducibility
np.random.seed(19680801)
# load up some sample financial data
r = (cbook.get_sample_data('goog.npz', np_load=True)['price_data']
.view(np.recarray))
# create two subplots with the shared x and y axes
fig, (ax1, ax2) = plt.subplots(1, 2, sharex=True, sharey=True)
pricemin = r.close.min()
ax1.plot(r.date, r.close, lw=2)
ax2.fill_between(r.date, pricemin, r.close, facecolor='blue', alpha=0.5)
for ax in ax1, ax2:
ax.grid(True)
ax1.set_ylabel('price')
for label in ax2.get_yticklabels():
label.set_visible(False)
fig.suptitle('Google (GOOG) daily closing price')
fig.autofmt_xdate()
.. image:: /gallery/lines_bars_and_markers/images/sphx_glr_fill_between_alpha_001.png
:alt: Google (GOOG) daily closing price
:class: sphx-glr-single-img
The alpha channel is not necessary here, but it can be used to soften
colors for more visually appealing plots. In other examples, as we'll
see below, the alpha channel is functionally useful as the shaded
regions can overlap and alpha allows you to see both. Note that the
postscript format does not support alpha (this is a postscript
limitation, not a matplotlib limitation), so when using alpha save
your figures in PNG, PDF or SVG.
Our next example computes two populations of random walkers with a
different mean and standard deviation of the normal distributions from
which the steps are drawn. We use shared regions to plot +/- one
standard deviation of the mean position of the population. Here the
alpha channel is useful, not just aesthetic.
.. code-block:: default
Nsteps, Nwalkers = 100, 250
t = np.arange(Nsteps)
# an (Nsteps x Nwalkers) array of random walk steps
S1 = 0.002 + 0.01*np.random.randn(Nsteps, Nwalkers)
S2 = 0.004 + 0.02*np.random.randn(Nsteps, Nwalkers)
# an (Nsteps x Nwalkers) array of random walker positions
X1 = S1.cumsum(axis=0)
X2 = S2.cumsum(axis=0)
# Nsteps length arrays empirical means and standard deviations of both
# populations over time
mu1 = X1.mean(axis=1)
sigma1 = X1.std(axis=1)
mu2 = X2.mean(axis=1)
sigma2 = X2.std(axis=1)
# plot it!
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1)
ax.plot(t, mu1, lw=2, label='mean population 1', color='blue')
ax.plot(t, mu2, lw=2, label='mean population 2', color='yellow')
ax.fill_between(t, mu1+sigma1, mu1-sigma1, facecolor='blue', alpha=0.5)
ax.fill_between(t, mu2+sigma2, mu2-sigma2, facecolor='yellow', alpha=0.5)
ax.set_title(r'random walkers empirical $\mu$ and $\pm \sigma$ interval')
ax.legend(loc='upper left')
ax.set_xlabel('num steps')
ax.set_ylabel('position')
ax.grid()
.. image:: /gallery/lines_bars_and_markers/images/sphx_glr_fill_between_alpha_002.png
:alt: random walkers empirical $\mu$ and $\pm \sigma$ interval
:class: sphx-glr-single-img
The ``where`` keyword argument is very handy for highlighting certain
regions of the graph. ``where`` takes a boolean mask the same length
as the x, ymin and ymax arguments, and only fills in the region where
the boolean mask is True. In the example below, we simulate a single
random walker and compute the analytic mean and standard deviation of
the population positions. The population mean is shown as the black
dashed line, and the plus/minus one sigma deviation from the mean is
shown as the yellow filled region. We use the where mask
``X > upper_bound`` to find the region where the walker is above the one
sigma boundary, and shade that region blue.
.. code-block:: default
Nsteps = 500
t = np.arange(Nsteps)
mu = 0.002
sigma = 0.01
# the steps and position
S = mu + sigma*np.random.randn(Nsteps)
X = S.cumsum()
# the 1 sigma upper and lower analytic population bounds
lower_bound = mu*t - sigma*np.sqrt(t)
upper_bound = mu*t + sigma*np.sqrt(t)
fig, ax = plt.subplots(1)
ax.plot(t, X, lw=2, label='walker position', color='blue')
ax.plot(t, mu*t, lw=1, label='population mean', color='black', ls='--')
ax.fill_between(t, lower_bound, upper_bound, facecolor='yellow', alpha=0.5,
label='1 sigma range')
ax.legend(loc='upper left')
# here we use the where argument to only fill the region where the
# walker is above the population 1 sigma boundary
ax.fill_between(t, upper_bound, X, where=X > upper_bound, facecolor='blue',
alpha=0.5)
ax.set_xlabel('num steps')
ax.set_ylabel('position')
ax.grid()
.. image:: /gallery/lines_bars_and_markers/images/sphx_glr_fill_between_alpha_003.png
:alt: fill between alpha
:class: sphx-glr-single-img
Another handy use of filled regions is to highlight horizontal or vertical
spans of an axes -- for that Matplotlib has the helper functions
`~matplotlib.axes.Axes.axhspan` and `~matplotlib.axes.Axes.axvspan`. See
:doc:`/gallery/subplots_axes_and_figures/axhspan_demo`.
.. code-block:: default
plt.show()
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**Total running time of the script:** ( 0 minutes 1.536 seconds)
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