[Matplotlib-users] Vectorized version of text()

Thomas Caswell tcaswell at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 03:23:18 CEST 2015

There is some work in this direction already (

More generally, I was thinking about this problem earlier today!  One of
the things that bokeh does really will is broadcast all the things.
Because we have a huge code base I am biased towards decorators and
higher-level functions to solve these sorts of things.  Would a function
that looks like

def broadcast_all_the_things(func, *args, static_kwargs=None, **kwargs):
        kwarg_cycler = map(add, cycler(k, v) for k, v in kwargs)
        ret = []
        if static_kwargs is None:
            static_kwargs = {}
        for arg, kwarg in zip(zip(args), kwarg_cycler):
            total_kwargs = {**kwarg_cycler, **static_kwargs}  # this works
in 3.5!
            ret.append(func(*arg, **total_kwargs))
        return ret

be useful / an acceptable solution?

The call would look something like:

broadcast_all_the_things(ax.text, x_vec, y_vec, s_vec,
fontsize=font_size_vec, static_kwargs={'color':'r'})

There clearly needs to be a bit more thought put into this (like to support
automatic unpacking from a data kwarg), but I like the rough idea.  It
might also make sense to provide a decorator to make easy to provide
`bulk_*` functions in the mpl name spaces.


On Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 9:02 PM Brendan Barnwell <brenbarn at brenbarn.net>

>         This is something that I constantly wish for and keep having to
> hack
> around when I remember there's nothing to do it.  Or is there?  Am I
> missing something?
>         What I want is the ability to provide a vector of x, y, and text,
> so
> that *with a single call* I can display specified bits of text at a
> specified points.
>         Currently text() only puts a single text at a single point, so to
> plot
> multiple texts you have to call it in a loop.  This is especially
> annoying because, when you have everything in a pandas DataFrame, the
> points and text are often already aligned as separate columns.  I'd like
> to be able to do pyplot.multitext(df.x, df.y, df.label) or whatever and
> just have it work.  Better yet, just be able to pass an extra
> "pointlabel" argument directly to scatter, which would specify a
> sequence of labels, one for each point.  The labels could then be turned
> off with some method on the scatter artist (and perhaps a shortcut
> pyplot method as well).
>         I seem to recall there are some performance issues with plotting
> many
> different Text objects, but that doesn't seem reason enough in itself
> not to provide this, since lots of things can cause performance issues
> with large datasetrs.  Does anyone else think this would be worth adding?
> -- Brendan Barnwell
> "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no
> path, and leave a trail."
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