Matplotlib Has Numerous Hidden Gems. Here's One of Them.
A cool trick to improve Matplotlib plots.
One of the best yet underrated and underutilized potentials of matplotlib is customizability. Here's a pretty interesting thing you can do with it.
By default, matplotlib renders different types of elements (also called artists), like plots, legend, texts, etc., in a specific order.
But this ordering may not be desirable in all cases, especially when there are overlapping elements in a plot, or the default rendering is hiding some crucial details.
zorder parameter, you can control this rendering order. As a result, plots with higher
zorder value appear closer to the viewer and are drawn on top of artists with lower
Lastly, in the above demonstration, if we specify
zorder=0 for the line plot, we notice that it goes behind the grid lines.
You can find more details about
zorder here: Matplotlib docs.
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