[Chicago] Graphing libraries

Kumar McMillan kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 22:01:58 CET 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 1:24 PM, Garrett Smith <g at rrett.us.com> wrote:
> Any thoughts on the most awesomest graphing library for Python?

There is a wrapper around matplotlib (and others) that I just found
out about today called NetworkX:

It seems well suited to visualizing large clusters of data so may not
be good for time series.  But it's pretty nice.  I installed graphviz
/ pygraphviz as the backend (instead of matplotlib) and that didn't
take too long using macports.


> I need something that's free of weird commercial licenses, obviously.
> Simple APIs are preferred. Performance and efficiency are very important. The ability to create pretty pictures is a bonus, but this is first for foremost for utility.
> Most, if not all, of the data will be time series.
> I'm using rrdtools, which of course is very good for managing and graphing time series data. This may ultimately be the right course, but I'm wondering if anyone has some insight into some other options in the Python world.
> Thanks for any input!
> Garrett
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