Plot a bar using matplotlib using a dictionary


Question

Is there any way to plot a bar plot using matplotlib using data directly from a dict?

My dict looks like this:

D = {u'Label1':26, u'Label2': 17, u'Label3':30}

I was expecting

fig = plt.figure(figsize=(5.5,3),dpi=300)
ax = fig.add_subplot(111)
bar = ax.bar(D,range(1,len(D)+1,1),0.5)

to work, but it does not.

Here is the error:

>>> ax.bar(D,range(1,len(D)+1,1),0.5)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line 4904, in bar
    self.add_patch(r)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line 1570, in add_patch
    self._update_patch_limits(p)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/axes.py", line 1588, in _update_patch_limits
    xys = patch.get_patch_transform().transform(vertices)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/patches.py", line 580, in get_patch_transform
    self._update_patch_transform()
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/patches.py", line 576, in _update_patch_transform
    bbox = transforms.Bbox.from_bounds(x, y, width, height)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/transforms.py", line 786, in from_bounds
    return Bbox.from_extents(x0, y0, x0 + width, y0 + height)
TypeError: coercing to Unicode: need string or buffer, float found
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4/29/2019 8:27:13 PM

Accepted Answer

You can do it in two lines by first plotting the bar chart and then setting the appropriate ticks:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

D = {u'Label1':26, u'Label2': 17, u'Label3':30}

plt.bar(range(len(D)), list(D.values()), align='center')
plt.xticks(range(len(D)), list(D.keys()))
# # for python 2.x:
# plt.bar(range(len(D)), D.values(), align='center')  # python 2.x
# plt.xticks(range(len(D)), D.keys())  # in python 2.x

plt.show()

Note that the penultimate line should read plt.xticks(range(len(D)), list(D.keys())) in python3, because D.keys() returns a generator, which matplotlib cannot use directly.

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4/29/2019 8:10:54 PM

For future reference, the above code does not work with Python 3. For Python 3, the D.keys() needs to be converted to a list.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

D = {u'Label1':26, u'Label2': 17, u'Label3':30}

plt.bar(range(len(D)), D.values(), align='center')
plt.xticks(range(len(D)), list(D.keys()))

plt.show()

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