Hexagonal Binning Using Matplotlib And Numpy

What is Hexagonal Binning?

  • The XY plane of the graph is made as a tightly packed grid of hexagons.


  • The number of data points (x,y), falling within each hexagon is counted


  • The hexagons are painted with a color range in proportion to the count of data points inside them


  • In some schemes, the empty bin is marked with a distinct color like white.

Why Hexagonal Binning required:

  • We know that a scatter plot is drawn by marking x,y positions using a marker on a 2D plane.


  • The scatter plot is used to find distribution, range, outliers and clusters in a dataset.


  • However, finding range or identifying clusters becomes difficult to impossible when the data points remain very close to each other and data is scattered all around the scatter plot.


  • To easily identify ranges, patterns and clusters in the scatter plot of a large sized data, Hexagonal binning is used.


Hexagonal binning using Python Matplotlib:

  • The function hexbin() in Matplotlib.pyplot() is used for plotting data with Hexagonal binning.



import matplotlib.pyplot as plot

import numpy as np


# Set the random seed for data generation using numpy



# Create random X data using numpy random module

xData = np.random.random_integers(1, 10, 100)


# Create random Y data using numpy random module

#yData = np.random.random_integers(1, 50, 500)

yData = np.arange(0, 100, 1)


# Plot the hexbin using the data genererated by numpy

plot.hexbin(xData, yData, gridsize=50)


# Provide the title for the plot

plot.title('Hexagonal binning using Python Matplotlib')


# Give x axis label for the spike raster plot



# Give y axis label for the spike raster plot



# Display the plot




Hexagonal binning using matplotlib and numpy

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