Hexbin Chart

Matplotlib Hexbin Chart


Matplotlib is a library for making charts, which works very well with Jupyter Notebook. One of them is called a Hexbin Chart. We've got a few examples ready to show you, so you can see what they look like and how they work.

  • hexbin chart with numpy data
  • hexbin chart with pandas data
  • an interactive hexbin chart

If you need any information about Matplotlib check their docs: Matplotlib Docs (opens in a new tab).

All of code examples are availabe as Jupyter Notebooks in our GitHub repositiory:

Hexbin Chart with Numpy Data

Display numpy data as hexbin chart using matplotlib library:

# import packages
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# create data 
x = np.random.standard_normal(100)
y = np.random.standard_normal(100)
# plot 
plt.hexbin(x, y, gridsize=(5, 3))
Matplotlib hexbin chart with numpy data.

Hexbin Chart with Pandas Data

Turn pandas data into hexbin chart created with matplotlib:

# import packages
import pandas as pd
import random
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt 
# create data 
df = pd.DataFrame({'x': pd.Series(range(100)).apply(lambda x: random.gauss(0, 1)),
                   'y': pd.Series(range(100)).apply(lambda y: random.gauss(0, 1))})
# plot 
plt.hexbin(df['x'],df['y'], gridsize=(5, 3))
Matplotlib hexbin chart with pandas data.

Interactive Hexbin Chart

Static charts are boring, what about creating an interactive hexbin chart? It's possible with matplotlib and mercury packages. You can modify gridsize with mercury widgets. In this example we used Slider (opens in a new tab):

# import packages 
import mercury as mr 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt 
import numpy as np
# mercury widget
slider = mr.Slider(value=4, min=3, max=8, label="Set gridsize:")
# create data 
x = np.random.standard_normal(200)
y = np.random.standard_normal(200)
# plot 
plt.hexbin(x, y, gridsize=(slider.value, slider.value))

Now, you can turn your Jupyter Notebook into Web App without additional code changes! Here is a video which presents how it will look:

Deploying Web App is very easy that you can do it in 3 steps:

Login to Mercury Cloud

If you don't have account, you can create it here: Mercury Cloud (opens in a new tab).

Create new site

Create new or use an existing site.

Upload your notebook

Upload the notebook with code.

Congrats! You just created your own Web App and you can share your Jupyter Notebooks with nontechnical users. If you need more information about deploying the Web App check Mercury Cloud Documentation (opens in a new tab).