Manipulating x axis tick labels in matplotlib


Question

I have noticed that when I have 5 or less bars of data in my bar graph the x-axis automatically adds in extra ticks: enter image description here What I want is something like this:

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Is there any way I can force matplotlib to generate just one tick label per bar for the first graph?

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4/3/2013 2:37:15 AM

Accepted Answer

The bar method takes a parameter align. Set this parameter as align='center'. align aligns the bars on the center of the x values we give it, instead of aligning on the left side of the bar (which is the default).

Then use the xticks method to specify how many ticks on the x-axis and where to place them.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plot

x = range(1, 7)
y = (0, 300, 300, 290, 320, 315)
plot.bar(x, y, width=0.7, align="center")

ind = range(2, 7)    # the x locations for the groups
plot.xticks(ind, x)

plot.axhline(305, linewidth=3, color='r')

plot.show()

Docs are at http://matplotlib.org/api/pyplot_api.html

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4/3/2013 3:56:04 AM

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