Legend outside plot?

Good evening,

I've been trying to find a way to move the legend outside
the plot so it doesn't cover it up. I've seen some things
online but I can quite get them to work (probably just my
lack of knowledge about matplotlib).

The section of code creating the plot looks like,

       fig = plt.figure()
       ax = fig.add_subplot(1,1,1);

       p1 = ax.bar(ind, IO_Time_Plot, width, color="r", align='center');
       p2 = ax.bar(ind, Diff_Plot, width, color="y", bottom=IO_Time_Plot, align='center');

       ax.set_ylabel('Time (secs)');
       ax.set_title('Elapsed Time and IO Time',fontstyle='italic');
       ax.set_xticks(ind);

       group_labels = [];
       for item in names:
          group_labels.append(item);

       ax.set_xticklabels(group_labels);

       fig.autofmt_xdate();

       #ax.legend( bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2, borderaxespad=0.);
       ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'));

You can see my attempt at moving the legend outside the bounding box
but when I try this, the legend never appears.

TIA!

Jeff

I hate to be the first one to comment on this post but I forgot to give
the error message and version of matplotlib. The error is,

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "./multi_file_test_2.py", line 460, in <module>
     ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'), bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2);
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line 3617, in legend
     self.legend_ = mlegend.Legend(self, handles, labels, **kwargs)
TypeError: __init__() got an unexpected keyword argument 'bbox_to_anchor'

The version of matplotlib I'm using is, 0.98.3-4ubuntu1

Jeff

···

   Good evening,

I've been trying to find a way to move the legend outside
the plot so it doesn't cover it up. I've seen some things
online but I can quite get them to work (probably just my
lack of knowledge about matplotlib).

The section of code creating the plot looks like,

        fig = plt.figure()
        ax = fig.add_subplot(1,1,1);

        p1 = ax.bar(ind, IO_Time_Plot, width, color="r", align='center');
        p2 = ax.bar(ind, Diff_Plot, width, color="y",
bottom=IO_Time_Plot, align='center');

        ax.set_ylabel('Time (secs)');
        ax.set_title('Elapsed Time and IO Time',fontstyle='italic');
        ax.set_xticks(ind);

        group_labels = [];
        for item in names:
           group_labels.append(item);

        ax.set_xticklabels(group_labels);

        fig.autofmt_xdate();

        #ax.legend( bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2, borderaxespad=0.);
        ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'));

You can see my attempt at moving the legend outside the bounding box
but when I try this, the legend never appears.

TIA!

Jeff

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Hi,

I would simply try to attach the legend to the figure object instead of the axis.

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On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM, Jeff Layton <laytonjb@…872…> wrote:

Good evening,

I’ve been trying to find a way to move the legend outside
the plot so it doesn’t cover it up. I’ve seen some things

online but I can quite get them to work (probably just my
lack of knowledge about matplotlib).

The section of code creating the plot looks like,

  fig = plt.figure()
  ax = fig.add_subplot(1,1,1);


  p1 = ax.bar(ind, IO_Time_Plot, width, color="r", align='center');
  p2 = ax.bar(ind, Diff_Plot, width, color="y",

bottom=IO_Time_Plot, align=‘center’);

  ax.set_ylabel('Time (secs)');

  ax.set_title('Elapsed Time and IO Time',fontstyle='italic');
  ax.set_xticks(ind);

  group_labels = [];
  for item in names:
     group_labels.append(item);

  ax.set_xticklabels(group_labels);


  fig.autofmt_xdate();

  #ax.legend( bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2, borderaxespad=0.);
  ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'));

You can see my attempt at moving the legend outside the bounding box

but when I try this, the legend never appears.

TIA!

Jeff


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Find and fix more than 250 security defects in the development cycle.
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Gökhan

Matplotlib is great! I created all my figures in this paper [0] using matplotlib. I am impressed with the quality you get. I attach the plotting script for fig. 9, which does exactly what you want, I believe. There is a lot of other junk in there, so look for the "legend" function, it all happens in one line.

Cheers,
Paul.

[0] http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.3399, the paper should appear in phys. rev. B soon.

plot.py (2.48 KB)

I hate to be the first one to comment on this post but I forgot to give
the error message and version of matplotlib. The error is,

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./multi_file_test_2.py", line 460, in <module>
ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'),
bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2);
File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line
3617, in legend
self.legend_ = mlegend.Legend(self, handles, labels, **kwargs)
TypeError: __init__() got an unexpected keyword argument 'bbox_to_anchor'

The version of matplotlib I'm using is, 0.98.3-4ubuntu1

Jeff

I'm quite sure that the *bbox_to_anchor* parameter is introduced later
than 0.98.
I think you have a few options,

* use "loc" parameter.
* see if "figlegend" helps.
* create a empty axes just for the purpose of drawing the legend.
* upgrade to 1.0.1 and I highly recommend it if you can.

Regards,

-JJ

···

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 8:38 AM, Jeff Layton <laytonjb@...872...> wrote:

Good evening,

I've been trying to find a way to move the legend outside
the plot so it doesn't cover it up. I've seen some things
online but I can quite get them to work (probably just my
lack of knowledge about matplotlib).

The section of code creating the plot looks like,

    fig = plt\.figure\(\)
    ax = fig\.add\_subplot\(1,1,1\);

    p1 = ax\.bar\(ind, IO\_Time\_Plot, width, color=&quot;r&quot;, align=&#39;center&#39;\);
    p2 = ax\.bar\(ind, Diff\_Plot, width, color=&quot;y&quot;,

bottom=IO_Time_Plot, align='center');

    ax\.set\_ylabel\(&#39;Time \(secs\)&#39;\);
    ax\.set\_title\(&#39;Elapsed Time and IO Time&#39;,fontstyle=&#39;italic&#39;\);
    ax\.set\_xticks\(ind\);

    group\_labels = \[\];
    for item in names:
       group\_labels\.append\(item\);

    ax\.set\_xticklabels\(group\_labels\);

    fig\.autofmt\_xdate\(\);

    \#ax\.legend\( bbox\_to\_anchor=\(1\.05, 1\), loc=2, borderaxespad=0\.\);
    ax\.legend\( \(p1\[0\], p2\[0\]\), \(&#39;IO Time&#39;, &#39;Total Elapsed Time&#39;\)\);

You can see my attempt at moving the legend outside the bounding box
but when I try this, the legend never appears.

TIA!

Jeff

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Pinpoint memory and threading errors before they happen.
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Locate bottlenecks in serial and parallel code that limit performance.
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I was worried about that. I will try to update my system but it's
an old Ubuntu 8.10 system. Looks like I have an excuse to
upgrade Ubuntu :slight_smile:

Thanks!

Jeff

···

On 02/11/2011 03:48 AM, Jae-Joon Lee wrote:

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 8:38 AM, Jeff Layton<laytonjb@...872...> wrote:

  I hate to be the first one to comment on this post but I forgot to give
the error message and version of matplotlib. The error is,

Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "./multi_file_test_2.py", line 460, in<module>
     ax.legend( (p1[0], p2[0]), ('IO Time', 'Total Elapsed Time'),
bbox_to_anchor=(1.05, 1), loc=2);
   File "/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line
3617, in legend
     self.legend_ = mlegend.Legend(self, handles, labels, **kwargs)
TypeError: __init__() got an unexpected keyword argument 'bbox_to_anchor'

The version of matplotlib I'm using is, 0.98.3-4ubuntu1

Jeff

I'm quite sure that the *bbox_to_anchor* parameter is introduced later
than 0.98.
I think you have a few options,

  * use "loc" parameter.
  * see if "figlegend" helps.
  * create a empty axes just for the purpose of drawing the legend.
  * upgrade to 1.0.1 and I highly recommend it if you can.

Regards,

-JJ