[Matplotlib-users] matplotlib at LIGO/GW observation

Benjamin Root ben.v.root at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 14:00:34 EST 2016

Speaking of citations, while we have your ear...

Some of us have noticed that the paper did not include any citations to the
scientific software that were utilized. This is somewhat of a new thing to
cite software, but matplotlib, numpy and other projects all have suggested
citations that we encourage researchers to use in their papers. Many of us
are also researchers, and contributions to projects like numpy and
matplotlib are often not treated as being on the same level as any other
publication because researchers rarely cite the software projects they use.


No hard feelings, we love what you guys have done. Just flagging it so that
you guys might do so in future papers.

Ben Root

On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM, Duncan Macleod <duncan.macleod at ligo.org>

> Hi all,
> I'm a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and an author on the
> PRL paper linked by Nils. Figure 1 did indeed use matplotlib, as did all of
> the graphs in this paper (not the detector layout).
> The paper is 'open-access' with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
> attached, so I believe the figures can be freely included in other
> documents as long as credits are given to the authors and the journal with
> an appropriate citation. It would be very nice to see this included as an
> example of using matplotlib for scientific analysis.
> Thanks
> D
> On 14 February 2016 at 07:52, Nils Becker <nilsc.becker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> as the direct observation of gravitational waves made its way round the
>> world a few days ago, I was pleased to see that they (very probably) used
>> matplotlib for their plots. They even used the new viridis colormap [1].
>> I could not confirm this directly for the plots in the paper but at least
>> the data analysis stack at LIGO seems to be built partly on python. They
>> provide scripts to reproduce the data analysis in python and use matplotlib
>> to plot it [2].
>> In any case, maybe it's an idea to contact LIGO to confirm this and ask
>> them if we could put the figure on the website gallery as a kind of "plot
>> of honor" or something? I mean there is a chance that it's going to be the
>> most famous plot done in matplotlib to this date.
>> Cheers
>> Nils
>> [1] http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.061102
>> (page 2)
>> [2] https://losc.ligo.org/software/
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> LIGO Data Grid systems development
> Louisiana State University
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