randomThought randomThought - 3 months ago 24x
Python Question

Plotting time in Python with Matplotlib

I have an array of timestamps in the format (HH:MM:SS.mmmmmm) and another array of floating point numbers, each corresponding to a value in the timestamp array.

Can I plot time on the x axis and the numbers on the y-axis using Matplotlib?

I was trying to, but somehow it was only accepting arrays of floats. How can I get it to plot the time? Do I have to modify the format in any way?


You must first convert your timestamps to Python datetime objects (use datetime.strptime). Then use date2num to convert the dates to matplotlib format.

Plot the dates and values using plot_date:

dates = matplotlib.dates.date2num(list_of_datetimes)
plot_date(dates, values)