Using Pythons matplotlib

I had a look at the python 2D plotting library matplotlib. For more information about this library, you might want to have a look at the corresponding Wikipedia article.

I’m looking for a way to make simple plots from x,y value pairs and it seems that matplotlib is the way to go in Python environments. Let’s have a look at an example. The following script will save a simple bar plot to a PNG file. Nothing fancy, just something to have a starting point.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

data = (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
pos = np.arange(len(data)), data)
plt.xticks(pos+0.4, data)

If you have matplotlib correctly installed in your Python environment, it will generate the following bar plot in a PNG file called “bar.png” in the current directory.

Simple bar plot
Simple bar plot

Please not that the script generates just the plot, not the subtitle. While you can do this in matplotlib, I have added the subtitle here in HTML for simplicity.  I have decided to have a further look at matplotlib. It looks promising and I would like to use it inside a simple web application. Let’s see how far this goes.


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