How to prevent overlapping x-axis labels in sns.countplot

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Question :

How to prevent overlapping x-axis labels in sns.countplot

For the plot


I got the following graph with x-axis label mixing together, how do I avoid this? Should I change the size of the graph to solve this problem?

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Answer #1:

Having a Series ds like this

import pandas as pd
import seaborn as sns
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np; np.random.seed(136)

l = "1234567890123"
categories = [ l[i:i+5]+" - "+l[i+1:i+6] for i in range(6)]
x = np.random.choice(categories, size=1000, 
ds = pd.Series({"Column" : x})

there are several options to make the axis labels more readable.

Change figure size

plt.figure(figsize=(8,4)) # this creates a figure 8 inch wide, 4 inch high
sns.countplot(x="Column", data=ds)

Rotate the ticklabels

ax = sns.countplot(x="Column", data=ds)

ax.set_xticklabels(ax.get_xticklabels(), rotation=40, ha="right")

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Decrease Fontsize

ax = sns.countplot(x="Column", data=ds)

ax.set_xticklabels(ax.get_xticklabels(), fontsize=7)

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Of course any combination of those would work equally well.

Setting rcParams

The figure size and the xlabel fontsize can be set globally using rcParams

plt.rcParams["figure.figsize"] = (8, 4)
plt.rcParams["xtick.labelsize"] = 7

This might be useful to put on top of a juypter notebook such that those settings apply for any figure generated within. Unfortunately rotating the xticklabels is not possible using rcParams.

I guess it’s worth noting that the same strategies would naturally also apply for seaborn barplot, matplotlib bar plot or

Answer #2:

You can rotate the x_labels and increase their font size using the xticks methods of pandas.pyplot.

For Example:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
chart = sns.countplot(x="HostRamSize",data=df)


For more such modifications you can refer this link:
Drawing from Data

Answered By: Genius

Answer #3:

If you just want to make sure xticks labels are not squeezed together, you can set a proper fig size and try fig.autofmt_xdate().

This function will automatically align and rotate the labels.

Answered By: hui chen

Answer #4:

plt.figure(figsize=(15,10)) #adjust the size of plot

ax.set_xticklabels(ax.get_xticklabels(), rotation=40, ha="right")  #it will rotate text on x axis


you can try this code & change size & rotation according to your need.

Answered By: Akash Desai

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