Labeling/distinguishing lots of curves on a single plot

Hello,

I have a plot with lots of curves on it (say 30), and I would like to have some way of distinguishing the curves from each other. Just plotting them works well for a few curves because they come out as different colors unless you specify otherwise, but if you do too many you start getting repeats is there a way to have matplotlib also vary the line style that it automatically assigns? Or perhaps someone has another way of distinguishing lots of curves?

Best Regards,
John

Here are a couple of functions you might try, with a few colors and line styles I use:

import itertools

from pylab import *

COLORS = [’#990033’, ‘#0000FF’, ‘#00FF00’, ‘#F79E00’,

#ff00ff’, ‘#0080FF’, ‘#FF0000’, ‘#2D0668’,

#2EB42E’, ‘#ff6633’, ‘#8000ff’, ‘#666633’,

#cc0077’, ‘#099499’, ‘#996633’, ‘#000000’]

def new_stylecolor_iter():

Use these to alternate markers, or use all the styles.

Combine them into the call to ‘itertools.product’ and

then add the appropriate kwargs to the call to ‘plot’

#markers = itertools.cycle(lines.Line2D.markers.keys())

#styles = itertools.cycle(lines.Line2D.lineStyles.keys())

alternate colors first, line styles second

sc = itertools.product([’-’, ‘:’, ‘–’, ‘-.’], COLORS)

return sc

def line_plot_alternate():

sc = new_stylecolor_iter()

for i in xrange(0,40):

style, color = sc.next()

plot(xrange(0,20), randn(20), label=str(i), linewidth=3, linestyle=style, color=color)

legend()

if name == “main”:

line_plot_alternate()

show()

···

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM, John Salvatier <jsalvati@…1342…> wrote:

Hello,

I have a plot with lots of curves on it (say 30), and I would like to have some way of distinguishing the curves from each other. Just plotting them works well for a few curves because they come out as different colors unless you specify otherwise, but if you do too many you start getting repeats is there a way to have matplotlib also vary the line style that it automatically assigns? Or perhaps someone has another way of distinguishing lots of curves?

Best Regards,
John


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Hi John,

Here is a simple way to do it.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import numpy as np

fig = plt.figure()

ax = fig.add_subplot(111)

colors = (‘red’,‘green’,‘blue’,‘yellow’,‘orange’)

linestyles = (’-’,’–’,’:’)

linewidths = (0.5,2)

y = np.random.randn(100,30)

x = range(y.shape[0])

i = 0

for c in colors:

for ls in linestyles:

    for lw in linewidths:

        ax.plot(x,y[:,i],c=c,ls=ls,lw=lw)

    i+=1

plt.show()

···

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Thanks!

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On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Aman Thakral <aman.thakral@…287…> wrote:

Hi John,

Here is a simple way to do it.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import numpy as np

fig = plt.figure()

ax = fig.add_subplot(111)

colors = (‘red’,‘green’,‘blue’,‘yellow’,‘orange’)

linestyles = (’-’,’–’,’:’)

linewidths = (0.5,2)

y = np.random.randn(100,30)

x = range(y.shape[0])

i = 0

for c in colors:

for ls in linestyles:

    for lw in linewidths:

        ax.plot(x,y[:,i],c=c,ls=ls,lw=lw)

    i+=1

plt.show()

On 10-08-23 03:06 PM, John Salvatier wrote:

Hello,

I have a plot with lots of curves on it (say 30), and I would like to
have some way of distinguishing the curves from each other. Just
plotting them works well for a few curves because they come out as
different colors unless you specify otherwise, but if you do too many
you start getting repeats is there a way to have matplotlib also vary
the line style that it automatically assigns? Or perhaps someone has
another way of distinguishing lots of curves?

Best Regards,

John



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By the way, I found that the following generator expression made things easy:

def styles():
return ( {‘c’ : color, ‘ls’ : style, ‘lw’ : width} for color, style, width in itertools.product(colors, linestyles, linewidths))

then you can do something like

for result, style in zip(results, styles()):
pylab.plot(result[i], **style)

···

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM, John Salvatier <jsalvati@…1342…> wrote:

Thanks!

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Aman Thakral <aman.thakral@…287…> wrote:

Hi John,

Here is a simple way to do it.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import numpy as np

fig = plt.figure()

ax = fig.add_subplot(111)

colors = (‘red’,‘green’,‘blue’,‘yellow’,‘orange’)

linestyles = (’-’,’–’,’:’)

linewidths = (0.5,2)

y = np.random.randn(100,30)

x = range(y.shape[0])

i = 0

for c in colors:

for ls in linestyles:

    for lw in linewidths:

        ax.plot(x,y[:,i],c=c,ls=ls,lw=lw)

    i+=1

plt.show()

On 10-08-23 03:06 PM, John Salvatier wrote:

Hello,

I have a plot with lots of curves on it (say 30), and I would like to
have some way of distinguishing the curves from each other. Just
plotting them works well for a few curves because they come out as
different colors unless you specify otherwise, but if you do too many
you start getting repeats is there a way to have matplotlib also vary
the line style that it automatically assigns? Or perhaps someone has
another way of distinguishing lots of curves?

Best Regards,

John



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And if you have mutually prime numbers of colors,

linestyles, widths, you can automatically generate

more distinct lines than I can distinguish… If there’s any

wxcuse for treating them as a series, I replot

when I know how many I have, and space the

colors through a colorbar.

&C
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···

On Aug 23, 2010, at 2:11 PM, John Salvatier <jsalvati@…1342…> wrote:

By the way, I found that the following generator expression made things easy:

def styles():
return ( {‘c’ : color, ‘ls’ : style, ‘lw’ : width} for color, style, width in itertools.product(colors, linestyles, linewidths))

then you can do something like

for result, style in zip(results, styles()):
pylab.plot(result[i], **style)

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM, John Salvatier <jsalvati@…1342…> wrote:

Thanks!

On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Aman Thakral <aman.thakral@…287…> wrote:

Hi John,

Here is a simple way to do it.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

import numpy as np

fig = plt.figure()

ax = fig.add_subplot(111)

colors = (‘red’,‘green’,‘blue’,‘yellow’,‘orange’)

linestyles = (’-’,’–’,’:’)

linewidths = (0.5,2)

y = np.random.randn(100,30)

x = range(y.shape[0])

i = 0

for c in colors:

for ls in linestyles:

    for lw in linewidths:

        ax.plot(x,y[:,i],c=c,ls=ls,lw=lw)

    i+=1

plt.show()

On 10-08-23 03:06 PM, John Salvatier wrote:

Hello,

I have a plot with lots of curves on it (say 30), and I would like to
have some way of distinguishing the curves from each other. Just
plotting them works well for a few curves because they come out as
different colors unless you specify otherwise, but if you do too many
you start getting repeats is there a way to have matplotlib also vary
the line style that it automatically assigns? Or perhaps someone has
another way of distinguishing lots of curves?

Best Regards,

John



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