How to change the figsize for matshow() in Jupyter notebook using Matplotlib?

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To change the figsize for mathshow, we can use figsize in figure method argument and use fignum in matshow() method.


  • Create a new figure or activate an existing figure using figure() method.
  • Create a dataframe using Pandas.
  • Use matshow() method to display an array as a matrix in a new figure window.
  • The argument fignum can take the values None, int, or False
    • If *None*, create a new figure window with automatic numbering.
    • If a nonzero integer, draw into the figure with the given number. Create one, if it does not exist.
    • If 0, use the current axes (or create one if it does not exist).
  • To display the figure, use show() method.


import pandas as pd
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
plt.rcParams["figure.figsize"] = [7.00, 3.50]
plt.rcParams["figure.autolayout"] = True
df = pd.DataFrame({"col1": [1, 3, 5, 7, 1], "col2": [1, 5, 7, 9, 1]})
plt.matshow(df.corr(), fignum=1)


Published on 15-May-2021 12:15:03