Posted in 2017

Combining dates with analysis visualization in python

Sometimes you want to do two things:

Plot a timeseries that handles datetimes in a clever way (e.g., with Pandas or Matplotlib)

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Dates in python

As a part of setting up the website for the Docathon I’ve had to re-learn all of my date string formatting rules. It’s one of those little problems you don’t really think about - turning an arbitrary string into something structured like a date - until you’ve actually got to do it.

There are a bunch of tools in python for using date-like objects, but it’s not always easy to figure out how these work. This post is just a couple of pieces of information I’ve picked up along the process.

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Matplotlib Cyclers are Great

Every now and then I come across a nifty feature in Matplotlib that I wish I’d known about earlier. The MPL documentation can be a beast to get through, and as a result you miss some cool stuff sometimes.

This is a quick demo of one such feature: the cycler.

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