I have several line graphs on a single plot. I'd like to indicate what is the

mean of each of them (they are showing cumulative distributions).

Each is a different color.

I tried putting 'mean=xxx' into the legend. That works, but I think it's

confusing. The legend normally displays independent variables, not results.

I put vertical lines and then text, vertically, just below the x-axis giving the

mean values. Not very clear.

This is not really a technical question, but one of presentation style. How to

convey this information?

While I realize that you are not asking for the technical question of “how to do this”, but rather “how to do this so that it looks right”, I want to add some links to some examples on how to technically do annotations in case anyone stumbles across this question while searching.

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/annotation_demo.html

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/annotation_demo2.html

http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/annotation_demo3.html

Ben Root

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On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 7:08 AM, Neal Becker <ndbecker2@…287…> wrote:

I have several line graphs on a single plot. I’d like to indicate what is the

mean of each of them (they are showing cumulative distributions).

Each is a different color.

I tried putting ‘mean=xxx’ into the legend. That works, but I think it’s

confusing. The legend normally displays independent variables, not results.

I put vertical lines and then text, vertically, just below the x-axis giving the

mean values. Not very clear.

This is not really a technical question, but one of presentation style. How to

convey this information?