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A Lesser-known Feature of Creating Plots with Plotly
Enrich static plots with animations.
Plotly is pretty diverse when it comes to creating different types of charts. While many folks prefer it for interactivity, you can also use it to create animated plots.
Here's an animated visualization depicting the time taken by light to reach different planets after leaving the Sun.
Several functions in Plotly support animations using the
The core idea behind creating an animated plot relies on plotting the data one frame at a time.
For instance, consider we have organized the data frame-by-frame, as shown below:
Now, if we invoke the scatter method with the
animation_frame argument, it will plot the data frame-by-frame, giving rise to an animation.
In the above function call, the data corresponding to
frame_id=0 will be plotted first. This will be replaced by the data with
frame_id=1 in the next frame, and so on.
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