Matplotlib: Twin Axes

When we say twin axes, it means figure can have dual x or y-axes. Matplotlib supports twinx() and twiny() function which is used to create a twin Axes. 

twnix() function is used to create dual y-axis and sharing x-axis. Similarly we can use twiny() function to create a second x-axis in the figure while sharing the y-axis. 

It is considered to be very useful to have dual x or y axis in a figure. Also when plotting curve with different unit together. 

Syntax

#for x-axis
Axes.twinx(self)
#for y-axis
Axes.twiny(self)

Examples

Along x-axis:

import numpy as np 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt 
x=np.arange(0,100,10)  
data_1=np.sin(x)
data_2=np.cos(x)
fig, ax = plt.subplots() 
ax.set_xlabel('values') 
ax.set_ylabel('sin', color='orange') 
ax.plot(x, data_1, color ='orange') 
ax.tick_params(axis ='y', labelcolor ='orange')
ax2= ax.twinx() 
ax2.set_ylabel('cos', color = 'blue') 
ax2.plot(x, data_2, color = 'blue') 
ax2.tick_params(axis ='y', labelcolor ='blue') 
plt.show() 

Output:

along x-axis

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 14:45

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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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