Could you post a *simple* script that reproduces the problem? And in the
meantime, to get a figure that looks better for your publication, can you
save your figure as an svg, import it into inkscape, tweak the bad placement,
and then save a pdf?
Thanks for the inkscape suggestion - I usually just use eps and pdf
which I find harder to edit.
Below is the function I use to create the plot. Actually I thought it
happened with all legends, but I think I have just been focussing on
these plots for too long, because when I check now it only seems to
happen when I plot with this function.
plot_stacked(arange(1,6),arange(1,6)) should reproduce the problem.
Perhaps it is something to do with setting the labels to '' to delete
the duplicate copies I don't want?
def plot_stacked(*vals, **kwargs):
fig = figure()
sub = fig.add_subplot(111)
ticks = kwargs.setdefault('ticks',)
labels = kwargs.setdefault('labels',False)
numstacks = len(vals)
vallength = set([len(val) for val in vals])
if len(vallength) > 1:
raise ValueError,'All input values should have the same length'
vallength = vallength.pop()
ind = 0.25 + arange(numstacks)
width = 0.5
bottom = zeros(numstacks)
colorvals = arange(vallength) * (1.0/(vallength-1))
orderlabels = ['First Order','Second Order','Third Order','Fourth Order']
if not labels:
labels = orderlabels[:vallength-1] + ['Higher Order']
for i in range(vallength):
ivals = [val[i] for val in vals]
sub.bar(ind, ivals, width,
bottom += ivals
# remove duplicate labels
tmplabels = 
for rect in sub.patches:
if rect.get_label() in tmplabels:
On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 2:25 PM, Darren Dale <dsdale24@...287...> wrote:
On Monday 18 August 2008 08:47:16 am Robin wrote:
I was wondering if anyone was able to help with this problem of
incorrect legend alignment.
I am not sure if the original mail did not get through, perhaps
because of the attachent, so this time I have put the example here:
Publication is now imminent and I have a horible feeling I am going to
have to do all the plots again in Matlab unless we can resolve this
problem - it currently looks very unprofessional.
I would appreciate any pointers on where to look to try to resolve this.
On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 11:58 PM, Robin <robince@...287...> wrote:
> I have a problem with legends where the vertical spacing is sometimes
> a bit funny (lines don't seem to be evenly spaced).
> I am now preparing some figures for publication and this is the last
> niggle I'd really like to resolve.
> Is there anything I could do to fix this?
> A small example is attached (I cropped it to just the legend to reduce
> file size).
> I am setting the label on the bars I am plotting and then just calling
> At the risk of putting two queries in one email the only other problem
> I have regularly is that small figures resize themselves when the
> mouse rolls over them. I am using TkAgg backend on OS X but I think it
> happens on other platforms as well. On mouse over the window jiggles
> and resizes slightly. When I am saving figures I have to be careful to
> call savefig from the command line without touching the window with
> the mouse to ensure they save as the correct size. Just wondered if it
> was a known issue...
> Apart from these minor things though matplotlib has been performing
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