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Some examples of how to annotate points in figures.  You specify an
annotation point xy=(x,y) and a text point xytext=(x,y) for the
annotated points and text location, respectively.  Optionally, you can specify the coordinate system of xy and xytext with one of the following strings for xycoords and textcoords (default is 'data')

  'figure points'   : points from the lower left corner of the figure
  'figure pixels'   : pixels from the lower left corner of the figure
  'figure fraction' : 0,0 is lower left of figure and 1,1 is upper, right
  'axes points'     : points from lower left corner of axes
  'axes pixels'     : pixels from lower left corner of axes
  'axes fraction'   : 0,1 is lower left of axes and 1,1 is upper right
  'data'            : use the axes data coordinate system

Optionally, you can specify a line which connects the text to the
annotated point by giving a dictionary of line properties lineprops
(see matplotlib.lines.Line2D for line properties) and a marker
properties markerprops

For physical coordinate systems (points or pixels) the origin is the
(bottom, left) of the figure or axes.  If the value is negative,
however, the origin is from the (right, top) of the figure or axes,
analogous to negative indexing of sequences.

from pylab import figure, show, nx
from matplotlib.patches import Ellipse

if 1:
    # if only one location is given, the text and xypoint being
    # annotated are assumed to be the same
    fig = figure()
    ax = fig.add_subplot(111, autoscale_on=False, xlim=(-1,5), ylim=(-3,5))

    t = nx.arange(0.0, 5.0, 0.01)
    s = nx.cos(2*nx.pi*t)
    line, = ax.plot(t, s, lw=3, color='purple')

    ax.annotate('axes center', xy=(.5, .5),  xycoords='axes fraction',
                horizontalalignment='center', verticalalignment='center')

    ax.annotate('pixels', xy=(20, 20),  xycoords='figure pixels')

    ax.annotate('points', xy=(100, 300),  xycoords='figure points')

    ax.annotate('local max', xy=(3, 1),  xycoords='data',
                xytext=(0.9, 0.9), textcoords='axes fraction',
                lineprops=dict(lw=2, color='black'),
                markerprops=dict(marker='o', markerfacecolor='b'),
                horizontalalignment='right', verticalalignment='top',

    ax.annotate('a fractional title', xy=(.025, .975),
                xycoords='figure fraction',
                horizontalalignment='left', verticalalignment='top',

    # use negative points or pixels to specify from right, top -10, 10
    # is 10 points to the left of the right side of the axes and 10
    # points above the bottom
    ax.annotate('bottom right (points)', xy=(-10, 10),
                xycoords='axes points',
                horizontalalignment='right', verticalalignment='bottom',


if 1:
    # you can specify the xypoint and the xytext in different
    # positions and coordinate systems, and optionally turn on a
    # connecting line and mark the point with a marker.  Annotations
    # work on polar axes too.  In the example below, the xy point is
    # in native coordinates (xycoords defaults to 'data').  For a
    # polar axes, this is in (theta, radius) space.  The text in this
    # example is placed in the fractional figure coordinate system.
    # Text keyword args like horizontal and vertical alignment are
    # respected
    fig = figure()
    ax = fig.add_subplot(111, polar=True)
    r = nx.arange(0,1,0.001)
    theta = 2*2*nx.pi*r
    line, = ax.plot(theta, r, color='#ee8d18', lw=3)

    ind = 800
    thisr, thistheta = r[ind], theta[ind]
    ax.plot([thistheta], [thisr], 'o')
    ax.annotate('a polar annotation',
                xy=(thistheta, thisr),  # theta, radius
                xytext=(0.05, 0.05),    # fraction, fraction
                textcoords='figure fraction',
                lineprops=dict(lw=2, color='k'),
                markerprops=dict(marker='o', markersize=6),

if 1:
    # You can also use polar notation on a catesian axes.  Here the
    # native coordinate system ('data') is cartesian, so you need to
    # specify the xycoords and textcoords as 'polar' if you want to
    # use (theta, radius)

    el = Ellipse((0,0), 10, 20, facecolor='r', alpha=0.5)

    fig = figure()
    ax = fig.add_subplot(111, aspect='equal')
    ax.annotate('the top',
                xy=(nx.pi/2., 10.),      # theta, radius
                xytext=(nx.pi/4, 20.),   # theta, radius
                lineprops=dict(lw=2, color='k'),
                markerprops=dict(marker='o', color='red'),
    ax.set_xlim(-20, 20)
    ax.set_ylim(-20, 20)


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