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Interactive Applications Using Matplotlib

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  • Add keymaps, mouse button actions, and custom events to your application
  • Build and record animations of your plots
  • Enhance your data display with buttons,sliders, and other widgets
  • Insert Matplotlib figures into any GUI application
  • Create a session recorder for your application
  • Learn about Matplotlib's event handler to add custom events
  • See Matplotlib as more than just a plotting library

Matplotlib makes it easy to generate plots, histograms, power spectra, bar charts, error charts, and other kinds of plots, with just a few lines of code.

Interactive Applications Using Matplotlib will teach you how to turn your plots into fully interactive applications for data exploration and information synthesis. After being introduced to the plotting library, you'll learn how to create simple figures and come to grips with how they work. After these first steps, we will start work on a weather radar application.

Next, you will learn about Matplotlib's event handler to add not only keymaps and mouse actions but also custom events, enabling our radar application to transition from a simple visualization tool into a useful severe storm tracking application, complete with animations and widgets. The book will conclude with enhancements from the GUI toolkit of your choice.

  • Bring your users and your data closer with interactive visualizations using Matplotlib and Python
  • Create user interfaces from scratch without needing a GUI toolkit, or insert new visualizations into your existing applications
  • Pick up interactive aspects of Matplotlib and learn how widgets can be used to interact visually with data
Page Count 174
Course Length 5 hours 13 minutes
ISBN 9781783988846
Date Of Publication 24 Mar 2015


Benjamin V. Root

Benjamin V. Root has been a member of the Matplotlib development team since 2010. His main areas of development have been the documentation and the mplot3d toolkit, but now he focuses on code reviews and debugging. Ben is also an active member of mailing lists, using his expertise to help newcomers understand Matplotlib. He is a meteorology graduate student, working part-time on his PhD dissertation. He works full-time for Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. as a scientific programmer.