fabee fabee - 5 months ago 47
Python Question

Matplotlib: Annotate Subplots in a Figure with A, B, C

When submitting papers to scientific journals one quite frequently needs to enumerate the different subplots of a figure with A, B, ... .

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This sounds like a very common problem and I was trying to find an elegant way to do that automatically with matplotlib, but I was surprised to find nothing on it. But maybe I am not using the right search terms. Ideally, I am searching for a way to annotate such that the letters stay in place relative to the subplot if the figure is resized or the subplot is moved via

, or similar.

Any help or solution will appreciated.


If you want the annotation relative to the subplot then plotting it using ax.text seems the most convenient way to me.

Consider something like:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import string

fig, axs = plt.subplots(2,2,figsize=(8,8))
axs = axs.flat

for n, ax in enumerate(axs):

    ax.imshow(np.random.randn(10,10), interpolation='none')    
    ax.text(-0.1, 1.1, string.ascii_uppercase[n], transform=ax.transAxes, 
            size=20, weight='bold')

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