Add Labels and Text to Matplotlib Plots: Annotation Examples

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Line plot with labelled points

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

plt.clf()

# using some dummy data for this example
xs = np.arange(0,10,1)
ys = np.random.normal(loc=3, scale=0.4, size=10)

# 'bo-' means blue color, round points, solid lines
plt.plot(xs,ys,'bo-')

# zip joins x and y coordinates in pairs
for x,y in zip(xs,ys):

    label = "{:.2f}".format(y)

    plt.annotate(label, # this is the text
                 (x,y), # this is the point to label
                 textcoords="offset points", # how to position the text
                 xytext=(0,10), # distance from text to points (x,y)
                 ha='center') # horizontal alignemtn can be left, right or center

plt.xticks(np.arange(0,10,1))
plt.yticks(np.arange(0,7,0.5))

plt.show()

labelled-line-plot-matplotlib Labels contain the value of Y, with 2 decimal places

Bar plot with annotations

TODO

Scatter plot with labelled points

TODO

References

Dialogue & Discussion