Matplotlib: Quick Reference for Commonly used Features

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Default imports and definitions for all examples below:

%matplotlib inline 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

x = np.linspace(0, 2 * np.pi, 400)
sin = np.sin(x ** 2)
cos = np.cos(x ** 2)

procedural interface (PyPlot)

axis = singular, axes = plural

PyPlot is a state-machine interface to matplotlib.


# a figure with a 2x2 grid of axes (4 in total)
fig, ((ax1,ax2),(ax3,ax4)) = plt.subplots(2, 2)

# plot some line on the first subplot

# # plot some line on the third subplot
# an empty figure with no axes
fig = plt.figure()
# GCA = get current axes
ax = plt.gca()
ax.plot([3.1, 2.2])

object-oriented interface



Use of pylab is discouraged

PyLab is the name given to a convenience module that imports all of PyPlot and NumPy.

It was created to make things easier for people coming from MATLAB.


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