[Matplotlib-users] Formating unexpected number when autoscaling Y axis

Thomas Caswell tcaswell at gmail.com
Sat Jan 28 11:42:25 EST 2017

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The default formatter identifies when the data is over a small range on a
large base and formats the ticks with an offset, see

The location is set by the internals of `Axis`, a quick glance at the code
suggests that manually tweaking the location may not be reliable.

You can get a reference to the text object via the `get_offset_text` method
on the `ax.xaxis` or `ax.yaxis` instances (
to tweak the font properties.


On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 10:59 AM solisgbmpl <solisgb at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm using matplotlib to get a large amount of plots saved as png files. In
> some of them the Y axis autoscales in a different way and a new origin of
> the Y axis appears in the top left corner of the frame (2.163e2 in the
> image
> attached)
> I don't know how I can have a reference to this number to change the
> fontsize and even their position.
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