Welcome back! Plotting data is one of the most important things a Data Scientist, Analyst or engineer can do, so let’s talk about some of the best chart packages for Python! Python is a very powerful language with tons of uses, one of them is developing some visuals with our data! Let’s go ahead and hit on some of the best chart packagers for this language!
This is by far one of my favorite charting packages within Python, it’s a very lightweight package with tons of functionality, to install this package use the following pip statement:
pip install seaborn
pip3 install seaborn
Developing out charts is very easy using this package as well, one of my favorite things with this package is the ability to bring in themes to make our charts look better! This is definitely one of my favorite packages to plotting our data within Python!
Next up we have MatPlotLib, this package is probably one of the most popular Python packages in general. MatPlotLib allows us to easily develop out charts from our data in our Python environment, to install this package use the following command:
python -m pip install -U matplotlib
This package has a lot of the same functionality as the others on this list, but to be completely honest I believe this may have the largest community behind it.
Next up we have Plotly, an open source charting package for Python, to install this package use the following command:
pip install plotly
pip3 install plotly
Now this package has a large community behind it as well, very similar to others on this list. One of my favorite things with this package is that you’re able to make moving tables, as well as static visualizations as well!
Lastly we have Bokeh, another very popular package for plotting data within Python! To install this package use the following command:
pip install bokeh
pip3 install bokeh
My favorite thing about this package is that you’re able to post your charts in a web application, making it easier to share and interact with your data! If any of you have ever used RShiny, it’s very similar to that in my opinion.
There you have it, those are some of my favorite packages for plotting data in Python, let me know what your favorite plotting packages are!
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