matplotlib Animations and interactive plotting Basic animation with FuncAnimation


The matplotlib.animation package offer some classes for creating animations. FuncAnimation creates animations by repeatedly calling a function. Here we use a function animate() that changes the coordinates of a point on the graph of a sine function.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.animation as animation

TWOPI = 2*np.pi

fig, ax = plt.subplots()

t = np.arange(0.0, TWOPI, 0.001)
s = np.sin(t)
l = plt.plot(t, s)

ax = plt.axis([0,TWOPI,-1,1])

redDot, = plt.plot([0], [np.sin(0)], 'ro')

def animate(i):
    redDot.set_data(i, np.sin(i))
    return redDot,

# create animation using the animate() function
myAnimation = animation.FuncAnimation(fig, animate, frames=np.arange(0.0, TWOPI, 0.1), \
                                      interval=10, blit=True, repeat=True)

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