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Matplotlib: Three-dimensional Plotting

Matplotlib Package was initially designed for only two-dimensional plotting, but later when the release of 1.0 happened some 3-D plotting utilities were developed on top of Matplotlib's two-dimensional display in the latest versions and the result is a convenient set of tools for 3-D data visualization. 

3-D plots are enabled by importing the mplot3d toolkit which is included with the Matplotlib package.

3-D graphs give us a more dynamic approach and make data more interactive. 
Like in 2-D graphs we used different methods to represent graphs same we can do in 3-D graphs. Example: scatter plot, contour plot, surface plot, etc.

In order to create a 3-D plot, we are required to import the mplot3d toolkit.

import numpy as np
from mpl_toolkits import mplot3d
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

Once the libraries are imported we can create simple 3-D axes that can be easily created by passing the keyword projection='3d'.

fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.axes(projection='3d')


3-d blank

Now, we are going to plot the most basic 3-D plot that is a 3-D line plot that can be easily created by using sets of (x,y,z) triples.

Here we are using ax.plot3D() function to create a 3-D line plot.


from mpl_toolkits import mplot3d
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.axes(projection='3d')
a= np.linspace(0,1,50)

ax.set_title('3D line plot')



Submitted by devanshi.srivastava on December 6, 2021

Devanshi, is working as a Data Scientist with iVagus. She has expertise in Python, NumPy, Pandas and other data science technologies.


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