MatPlotLib: Multiple datasets on the same scatter plot


Question

I want to plot multiple data sets on the same scatter plot:

cases = scatter(x[:4], y[:4], s=10, c='b', marker="s")
controls = scatter(x[4:], y[4:], s=10, c='r', marker="o")

show()

The above only shows the most recent scatter()

I've also tried:

plt = subplot(111)
plt.scatter(x[:4], y[:4], s=10, c='b', marker="s")
plt.scatter(x[4:], y[4:], s=10, c='r', marker="o")
show()
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59
11/24/2010 6:35:46 PM

Accepted Answer

You need a reference to an Axes object to keep drawing on the same subplot.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

x = range(100)
y = range(100,200)
fig = plt.figure()
ax1 = fig.add_subplot(111)

ax1.scatter(x[:4], y[:4], s=10, c='b', marker="s", label='first')
ax1.scatter(x[40:],y[40:], s=10, c='r', marker="o", label='second')
plt.legend(loc='upper left');
plt.show()

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95
3/14/2014 7:57:17 AM

I came across this question as I had exact same problem. Although accepted answer works good but with matplotlib version 2.1.0, it is pretty straight forward to have two scatter plots in one plot without using a reference to Axes

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.scatter(x,y, c='b', marker='x', label='1')
plt.scatter(x, y, c='r', marker='s', label='-1')
plt.legend(loc='upper left')
plt.show()

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