How do I let my matplotlib plot go beyond the axes?


Question

I have to translate an image plotting script from matlab to matplotlib/pylab, and I'm trying to achieve the same effect as the matlab image below:

image generated using matlab

As you can see, the z order of the plots seem to be higher than the z order of the grid, so the markers are not hidden by the axes. However, I can't figure out a way to do the same with my matplotlib image:

eimage generated with matplotlib

I'm wondering if it is possible to get the same display without having to increase the limits of the y axis.

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3/28/2012 4:53:49 PM

Accepted Answer

To get the marker to show beyond the axes you can turn the clipping off. This can be done using the keyword argument in the plot command clip_on=False.

For example:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
plt.plot(range(5), range(5), 'ro', markersize=20, clip_on=False, zorder=100)
plt.show()

enter image description here

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3/28/2012 8:44:15 PM

This is a complete example of how to use the zorder kwarg: http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/examples/pylab_examples/zorder_demo.html
Note that a higher z-order equates to a graph-element being more in the foreground.

For your second question, have a look at the figsize kwarg to instances of the Figure class: http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/api/figure_api.html?highlight=figsize#matplotlib.figure.Figure

If you run into issues, please post some of your code and we'll be able to give more-detailed recommendations. Best of luck.


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