Reverse Y-Axis in PyPlot


Question

I have a scatter plot graph with a bunch of random x, y coordinates. Currently the Y-Axis starts at 0 and goes up to the max value. I would like the Y-Axis to start at the max value and go up to 0.

points = [(10,5), (5,11), (24,13), (7,8)]    
x_arr = []
y_arr = []
for x,y in points:
    x_arr.append(x)
    y_arr.append(y)
plt.scatter(x_arr,y_arr)
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4/11/2016 5:19:59 PM

Accepted Answer

There is a new API that makes this even simpler.

plt.gca().invert_xaxis()

and/or

plt.gca().invert_yaxis()
467
11/26/2011 6:12:42 PM

DisplacedAussie's answer is correct, but usually a shorter method is just to reverse the single axis in question:

plt.scatter(x_arr, y_arr)
ax = plt.gca()
ax.set_ylim(ax.get_ylim()[::-1])

where the gca() function returns the current Axes instance and the [::-1] reverses the list.


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