I have a list of 3-tuples representing a set of points in 3D space. I want to plot a surface that covers all these points. The plot_surface function in the mplot3d package requires as arguments X,Y and Z which are 2d arrays. Is plot_surface the right function to plot surface and how do I transform my data in to the required format ?
data = [(x1,y1,z1),(x2,y2,z2),.....,(xn,yn,zn)]
For surfaces it's a bit different than a list of 3-tuples, you should pass in a grid for the domain in 2d arrays.
If all you have is a list of 3d points, rather than some function
f(x, y) -> z, then you will have a problem because there are multiple ways to triangulate that 3d point cloud into a surface.
Here's a smooth surface example:
import numpy as np from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D import matplotlib.pyplot as plt import random def fun(x, y): return x**2 + y fig = plt.figure() ax = fig.add_subplot(111, projection='3d') x = y = np.arange(-3.0, 3.0, 0.05) X, Y = np.meshgrid(x, y) zs = np.array([fun(x,y) for x,y in zip(np.ravel(X), np.ravel(Y))]) Z = zs.reshape(X.shape) ax.plot_surface(X, Y, Z) ax.set_xlabel('X Label') ax.set_ylabel('Y Label') ax.set_zlabel('Z Label') plt.show()