# How I can get cartesian coordinate system in matplotlib?

### Question

I am new to plotting with Python and can't really find an answer to the question: How can I get Cartesian coordinate plane in matplotlib? By this I mean perpendicular reference lines (coordinate axis) ended up with arrows, intersecting at the origin, (0,0), with the origin at the center of the plot.

Think about a a plane for doing high school geomtery, the following is a perfect example of what I need to achieve: 1
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2/8/2017 2:38:26 PM

If you just want to plot some dots, scatter is what you want

``````from pylab import *

x = [0,2,-3,-1.5]
y = [0,3,1,-2.5]
color=['m','g','r','b']

scatter(x,y, s=100 ,marker='o', c=color)

show()
``````

For pretty printing ( with arrows and dashed lines ) :

``````from pylab import *
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

x = [0,2,-3,-1.5]
y = [0,3,1,-2.5]
color=['m','g','r','b']

fig = plt.figure()

scatter(x,y, s=100 ,marker='o', c=color)

[ plot( [dot_x,dot_x] ,[0,dot_y], '-', linewidth = 3 ) for dot_x,dot_y in zip(x,y) ]
[ plot( [0,dot_x] ,[dot_y,dot_y], '-', linewidth = 3 ) for dot_x,dot_y in zip(x,y) ]

left,right = ax.get_xlim()
low,high = ax.get_ylim()
arrow( left, 0, right -left, 0, length_includes_head = True, head_width = 0.15 )
arrow( 0, low, 0, high-low, length_includes_head = True, head_width = 0.15 )

grid()

show()
``````

There is still some work to do, but it is not far from the result : 8
11/17/2012 12:55:24 PM