From: Tony Yu <tsyu80@gm...>  20120104 18:21:46

On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM, jeffsp <jeffsp@...> wrote: > > I have been wondering the same thing. Matlab is able to prevent labels > from > overlapping each other. Why can't matplotlib? > > > Chris Rodgers7 wrote: > > > > Hi > > > > Whenever I create figures with at least 3x3 subplots, the xtick > > labels overlap with each other and they also overlap with the title of > > the adjacent subplot, rendering the entire figure illegible. I know > > that I can finetune the plot to look exactly the way I want with > > "wspace" and "hspace" for instance, but I don't understand why this is > > the default behavior. I wonder if I have a system font issue, such > > that matplotlib thinks the fonts are smaller than they really are. > > > > My questions: > > 1) Is this the intended behavior of matplotlib, or is there something > > wrong with my installation? > > 2) Assuming I don't have an installation issue, is there a very > > general parameter I can change so that the overlap doesn't occur, > > rather than manually adjusting every figure? > > > > > > Minimal code to reproduce the problem: > > > > import numpy as np > > import matplotlib.pyplot as plt > > plt.figure() > > plt.subplot(331) > > plt.subplot(334) > > plt.plot(np.arange(10000)) > > plt.title('Title') > > plt.show() > > > > > > I'm attaching the output figure, although I'm not sure if the list > > accepts attachments. The xtick labels on subplot 334 overlap each > > other, and the title of subplot 334 overlaps with the xtick labels in > > subplot 331. > Have you try calling `plt.tight_layout()` right before `plt.show()`? Tony > > > > System: > > Ubuntu 10.04 x64 > > All packages are the stable versions from Synaptic, including ipython, > > python, numpy, matplotlib 0.99.1.1 > > I've also tried the Enthought distribution with matplotlib 1.0.1 and > > the results are the same > > I've tried both "Wx" and "Tk" backends and the results are the same > > I've tried `matplotlib.rcParams['xtick.labelsize'] = 'xsmall'`, and > > this does make the labels smaller, but for sufficiently large numbers > > the overlap still occurs. > > > > Thanks for any help! > > Chris > > 