FAQ: Recreate graphs using Matplotlib! - Bar Chart with Error


This community-built FAQ covers the “Bar Chart with Error” exercise from the lesson “Recreate graphs using Matplotlib!”.

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Data Visualization in Python

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So, I’ve been working on recreating the bar chart with error and I’m able to get through a good chunk of it, but I’m having a problem with the code. Once I run the plt.axis code, my bars get scrunched up into the upper right hand corner of the chart and the dates get squished into the lower left hand corner. Same thing happens when if I comment out that line and run the ax.set_xticks or ax.set_ticklabels on the code. When I run it in python command line, I have the same problem, but I’m able to zoom to see the bars (but still can’t see the dates). Any thoughts on why this might be happening?

import codecademylib
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt

past_years_averages = [82, 84, 83, 86, 74, 84, 90]
years = [2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006]
error = [1.5, 2.1, 1.2, 3.2, 2.3, 1.7, 2.4]

Make your chart here

plt.bar(years, past_years_averages, yerr = error, capsize = 5)
plt.axis([-0.5, 6.5, 70, 95])
ax = plt.subplot()
plt.title(‘Final Exam Averages’)
plt.ylabel(‘Test Average’)