Get bbox in data coordinates in matplotlib

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I have the bbox of a matplotlib.patches.Rectangle object (a bar from a bar graph) in display coordinates, like this:

Bbox(array([[ 0.,  0.],[ 1.,  1.]])

But I don't want that in display coordinates but data coordinates. I'm pretty sure this requires a transform. Can anyone tell me the method for doing this?

Jun 18 in Python by ana1504.k
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I'm not sure how you got the Bbox in display coordinates. Almost everything the user interacts with is in data coordinates. The following should fully explain the transforms as they apply to Bboxes:

from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
bars = plt.bar([1,2,3],[3,4,5])
ax = plt.gca()
fig = plt.gcf()
b = bars[0].get_bbox()  # bbox instance

print b
# box in data coords
#Bbox(array([[ 1. ,  0. ],
#       [ 1.8,  3. ]]))

b2 = b.transformed(ax.transData)
print b2
# box in display coords
#Bbox(array([[  80.        ,   48.        ],
#       [ 212.26666667,  278.4       ]]))

print b2.transformed(ax.transData.inverted())
# box back in data coords
#Bbox(array([[ 1. ,  0. ],
#       [ 1.8,  3. ]]))

print b2.transformed(ax.transAxes.inverted())
# box in axes coordinates
#Bbox(array([[ 0.        ,  0.        ],
#       [ 0.26666667,  0.6       ]]))
answered Jun 18 by SDeb
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