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Changing the Colours and Icons


In [1]:
from plotapi import PieFight

PieFight.set_license("your username", "your license key")


Let's take a look at how we can change the colours and icons for nodes in our Pie Fight diagram.

Plotapi Pie Fight is a beautiful and feature rich take on the popular Pie Chart Race. As we can see, we have set our license details in the preamble with PieFight.set_license().


Plotapi Pie Fight expects at minimum a list of dictionary items, these will define the value of our segments over time.

In [2]:
samples = [
    {"order": 0, "name": "Sankey", "value": 10},
    {"order": 0, "name": "Terminus", "value": 12},
    {"order": 0, "name": "Chord", "value": 8},
    {"order": 0, "name": "Bar Fight", "value": 9},
    {"order": 0, "name": "Pie Fight", "value": 12},

    {"order": 1, "name": "Sankey", "value": 18},
    {"order": 1, "name": "Terminus", "value": 24},
    {"order": 1, "name": "Chord", "value": 22},
    {"order": 1, "name": "Bar Fight", "value": 14},
    {"order": 1, "name": "Pie Fight", "value": 17},

    {"order": 2, "name": "Sankey", "value": 24},
    {"order": 2, "name": "Terminus", "value": 40},
    {"order": 2, "name": "Chord", "value": 32},
    {"order": 2, "name": "Bar Fight", "value": 19},
    {"order": 2, "name": "Pie Fight", "value": 42},

    {"order": 3, "name": "Sankey", "value": 32},
    {"order": 3, "name": "Terminus", "value": 62},
    {"order": 3, "name": "Chord", "value": 40},
    {"order": 3, "name": "Bar Fight", "value": 25},
    {"order": 3, "name": "Pie Fight", "value": 64},

    {"order": 4, "name": "Sankey", "value": 38},
    {"order": 4, "name": "Terminus", "value": 75},
    {"order": 4, "name": "Chord", "value": 55},
    {"order": 4, "name": "Bar Fight", "value": 45},
    {"order": 4, "name": "Pie Fight", "value": 120},

We can see that each dictionary item has three properties:

  • order, which determines with time period this item belongs to. This should be numerical, but can be formatted e.g. as dates.
  • name, the name of the item, and the text that appears on the pie chart segment.
  • value, the value of the segment at the associated point in time.

Next, we'll start customising the segments, or nodes, that will represent our data over time. Plotapi Pie Fight expects a list of dictionary items to configure each node.

In [3]:
nodes = [
        "name": "Sankey",
        "color": "#ffd166", 
        "icon": ""
        "name": "Terminus",
        "color": "#06d6a0", 
        "icon": ""
        "name": "Chord",
        "color": "#118ab2", 
        "icon": ""
        "name": "Bar Fight",
        "color": "#073b4c", 
        "icon": ""
        "name": "Pie Fight",
        "color": "#ef476f", 
        "icon": ""

We can see that each dictionary item has three properties:

  • name, the name of the item, which corresponds to names specified in the samples definitions above.
  • color, the desired colour of the pie chart segment (CSS colour e.g. "#073b4c" or "red").
  • icon, the location of the image to use for the icon.


Here we're using .show() which outputs to a Jupyter Notebook cell, however, we may want to output to an HTML file with .to_html() instead. More on the different output methods later!

Be sure to interact with the visualisation to see what the default settings can do!

In [4]:
Plotapi - Pie Fight Diagram

You can do so much more than what's presented in this example, and we'll cover this in later sections. If you want to see the full list of growing features, check out the Plotapi Documentation.

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