[Haskell-cafe] Experimenting a new plotting library

Tim Docker tim at dockerz.net
Sun May 4 11:10:00 UTC 2014

On 3 May 2014, at 7:44 am, Kai Zhang <kai at kzhang.org> wrote:

> 1. There is few plotting library written in pure Haskell
> 2. Haskell-chart, one of the most featured library, is hard to extend and there is no straightforward way to compose or modify the plots generated by this library.

The chart library is pure haskell when using the diagrams backend.

What do you mean by compose or modify the plots? It’s reasonably straightforward to have it produce a diagram, which can then be composed or modified with any of the diagrams tools. Some sample code is shown below.

Tim (chart library maintainer)

{-# LANGUAGE FlexibleContexts #-}
import Graphics.Rendering.Chart
import Data.Colour
import Data.Colour.Names
import Data.Colour.SRGB
import Control.Lens
import Data.Default.Class

import Graphics.Rendering.Chart.Backend.Diagrams
import qualified Diagrams.Prelude as D
import qualified Diagrams.Backend.SVG as D

chart :: Renderable (LayoutPick Double Double Double)
chart = layoutToRenderable
      $ layout_title .~ "Amplitude Modulation"
      $ layout_plots .~ [toPlot sinusoid1]
      $ layout_plot_background .~ Just (solidFillStyle $ opaque white)
      $ def
    am x = (sin (x*pi/45) + 1) / 2 * (sin (x*pi/5))

    sinusoid1 = plot_lines_values .~ [[ (x,(am x)) | x <- [0,(0.5)..400]]]
              $ plot_lines_style  .~ solidLine 1 (opaque blue)
              $ plot_lines_title .~"am"
              $ def

mkDiagram :: (D.Backend b D.R2, D.Renderable (D.Path D.R2) b) => IO (D.Diagram b D.R2)
mkDiagram = do
    env <- defaultEnv vectorAlignmentFns 800 400
    return (fst (runBackendR env chart))

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