mpl_interactions: Easy interactive Matplotlib plots¶
mpl_interactions’ aims to make it as easy as possible to create responsive Matplotlib plots. In particular, you can:
Better understand a function’s change with respect to a parameter.
Visualize your data interactively.
To achieve this, mpl_interactions provides:
A way to control the output of pyplot functions (e.g.
hist) with sliders
A function to compare horizontal and vertical slices of heatmaps.
A function allowing zooming using the scroll wheel.
To install, simply run:
pip install mpl_interactions
Further instructions for installation from JupyterLab can be found on the Installation page.
To control a plot with a slider:
# if running this code in a Jupter notbeook or JupyterLab %matplotlib ipympl
from mpl_interactions import interactive_plot import numpy as np import matplotlib.pyplot as plt x = np.linspace(0,np.pi,100) tau = np.linspace(.5, 10, 100) def f1(x, tau, beta): return np.sin(x*tau)*x*beta def f2(x, tau, beta): return np.sin(x*beta)*x*tau fig, ax, sliders = interactive_plot([f1, f2], x=x, tau = tau, beta = (1, 10, 100)) _ = plt.legend()
If you are in a Jupyter Notebook the output will look like this:
and from a script or ipython the output will use Matplotlib sliders:
For other functionality and more detailed examples, visit the Examples page.
mpl_interactions’ functions will work in any Matplotlib backend. In most backends they will use the Matplotlib Slider and Radio button widgets. However, if you are working in a Jupyter notebook the ipympl backend then ipywidgets sliders will be used as the controls. Further discussion of the behavior as a function of backend can be found on the Matplotlib Backends page.
Follow the links below for further information on installation, functions, and plot examples.
- Matplotlib Backends
- Comparison to ipywidgets