GraphicsArray

Any chance matplotlib can get functionality similar to GraphicsArray
in Mathematica? It'd be nice to make a single method to draw whatever
you want and then do this in a list comprehension. At the end, you
can arrange all those plots however you want.

It looks like Sage has implemented something like this (built on top
of matplotlib, I presume). Would it be difficult to port this to
"pure" matplotlib?

   http://ask.sagemath.org/question/308/can-i-convert-a-graphicsarray-object-to-a-graphics

Sage does indeed have a (somewhat crufty) GraphicsArray object [1], which I've been meaning to convert to use the new GridSpec functionality [2]. It is built on top of matplotlib, but the code is fragile and easy to "break". See http://doxdrum.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/graphics-array-in-sagemath/, for example.

One thing that would be really nice in GridSpec is if we could plot things recursively. As I understand it right now, using GridSpec, we can arrange a bunch of axes in a grid. However, what if we wanted to put a grid inside of one of the spots in the grid? (I think the same question is: what if we wanted to embed a figure inside another axes?)

Jason

[1] http://www.sagemath.org/doc/reference/sage/plot/plot.html#sage.plot.plot.graphics_array

[2] http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/users/gridspec.html; http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/api/gridspec_api.html

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On 3/31/11 3:32 AM, T J wrote:

Any chance matplotlib can get functionality similar to GraphicsArray
in Mathematica? It'd be nice to make a single method to draw whatever
you want and then do this in a list comprehension. At the end, you
can arrange all those plots however you want.

It looks like Sage has implemented something like this (built on top
of matplotlib, I presume). Would it be difficult to port this to
"pure" matplotlib?

    http://ask.sagemath.org/question/308/can-i-convert-a-graphicsarray-object-to-a-graphics