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Python Seaborn Categorical estimate plots: Count Plot

Countplot is used to show the counts of observation in each categorical variable using bars. It basically works on the concept of a bar chart. It is one of the most simple plots provided by the seaborn library.

Syntax

seaborn.countplot(*, x=None, y=None, hue=None, data=None, order=None, 
hue_order=None, orient=None, color=None, palette=None, saturation=0.75, dodge=True, ax=None, **kwargs)

Parameters:

  • x,y: It is input for plotting the long-form of the data frame.
  • hue: It takes the column for which we want to do color encoding.
  • data: Datasets which is top be used for plotting the graph.
  • order: It takes lists or strings. It is the order to plot the categorical levels in.
  • orient: It is used for setting the orientation of the plot (horizontal or vertical).
  • color: It is used to set the color for all of the elements.
  • palette: It is used to set the color for a different level of hue variables. 
  • saturation: It is used for the proportion of the original saturation to draw colors at.

Examples

import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns
data=sns.load_dataset('tips')
#countplot for a day column 
plt.figure(figsize=(3,5))
sns.countplot(x='day', data=data)

Output

normal

#along y-axis
plt.figure(figsize=(3,5))
sns.countplot(y='day', data=data_2)

Output:

y

To plot count plot in ascending and descending order

Firstly we will check the index of the categorical value which we want to plot

data.day.value_counts().index

Output:

CategoricalIndex(['Sat', 'Sun', 'Thur', 'Fri'], categories=['Thur', 'Fri', 'Sat', 'Sun'], 
ordered=False, dtype='category')
#ascending order
plt.figure(figsize=(5,5))
sns.countplot(x='day', data=data, order=data.day.value_counts().index[::-1])

Output:

ascending_order

#descending order
plt.figure(figsize=(5,5))
sns.countplot(x='day',data=data,order=data.day.value_counts().index)

Output:

descending_order

Submitted by devanshi.srivastava on March 2, 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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