class cytoflow.views.parallel_coords.ParallelCoordinatesView[source]

Bases: cytoflow.views.base_views.BaseNDView

Plots a parallel coordinates plot. PC plots are good for multivariate data; each vertical line represents one attribute, and one set of connected line segments represents one data point.


The channels to view


Re-scale the data in the specified channels before plotting. If a channel isn’t specified, assume that the scale is linear.

Type:Dict(Str : {“linear”, “logicle”, “log”})
xfacet, yfacet

Set to one of the conditions in the Experiment, and a new row or column of subplots will be added for every unique value of that condition.


Set to one of the conditions in the in the Experiment, and a new color will be added to the plot for every unique value of that condition.


How should the color scale for huefacet be scaled?

Type:{‘linear’, ‘log’, ‘logicle’}


Make a little data set.

>>> import cytoflow as flow
>>> import_op = flow.ImportOp()
>>> import_op.tubes = [flow.Tube(file = "Plate01/RFP_Well_A3.fcs",
...                              conditions = {'Dox' : 10.0}),
...                    flow.Tube(file = "Plate01/CFP_Well_A4.fcs",
...                              conditions = {'Dox' : 1.0})]
>>> import_op.conditions = {'Dox' : 'float'}
>>> ex = import_op.apply()

Plot the PC plot.

>>> flow.ParallelCoordinatesView(channels = ['B1-A', 'V2-A', 'Y2-A', 'FSC-A'],
...                              scale = {'Y2-A' : 'log',
...                                       'V2-A' : 'log',
...                                       'B1-A' : 'log',
...                                       'FSC-A' : 'log'},
...                              huefacet = 'Dox').plot(ex)
plot(experiment, **kwargs)[source]

Plot a faceted parallel coordinates plot

  • experiment (Experiment) – The Experiment to plot using this view.
  • title (str) – Set the plot title
  • xlabel, ylabel (str) – Set the X and Y axis labels
  • huelabel (str) – Set the label for the hue facet (in the legend)
  • legend (bool) – Plot a legend for the color or hue facet? Defaults to True.
  • sharex, sharey (bool) – If there are multiple subplots, should they share axes? Defaults to True.
  • height (float) – The height of each row in inches. Default = 3.0
  • aspect (float) – The aspect ratio of each subplot. Default = 1.5
  • col_wrap (int) – If xfacet is set and yfacet is not set, you can “wrap” the subplots around so that they form a multi-row grid by setting col_wrap to the number of columns you want.
  • sns_style ({“darkgrid”, “whitegrid”, “dark”, “white”, “ticks”}) – Which seaborn style to apply to the plot? Default is whitegrid.
  • sns_context ({“paper”, “notebook”, “talk”, “poster”}) – Which seaborn context to use? Controls the scaling of plot elements such as tick labels and the legend. Default is talk.
  • despine (Bool) – Remove the top and right axes from the plot? Default is True.
  • min_quantile (float (>0.0 and <1.0, default = 0.001)) – Clip data that is less than this quantile.
  • max_quantile (float (>0.0 and <1.0, default = 1.00)) – Clip data that is greater than this quantile.
  • lim (Dict(Str : (float, float))) – Set the range of each channel’s axis. If unspecified, assume that the limits are the minimum and maximum of the clipped data
  • alpha (float (default = 0.02)) – The alpha blending value, between 0 (transparent) and 1 (opaque).
  • axvlines_kwds (dict) – A dictionary of parameters to pass to ax.axvline


This uses a low-level API for speed; there are far fewer visual options that with other views.