Data visualization toolchain based on aggregating into a grid
Turn even the largest data into images, accurately
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What is it?
Datashader is a data rasterization pipeline for automating the process of creating meaningful representations of large amounts of data. Datashader breaks the creation of images of data into 3 main steps:
Each record is projected into zero or more bins of a nominal plotting grid shape, based on a specified glyph.
Reductions are computed for each bin, compressing the potentially large dataset into a much smaller aggregate array.
These aggregates are then further processed, eventually creating an image.
Using this very general pipeline, many interesting data visualizations can be created in a performant and scalable way. Datashader contains tools for easily creating these pipelines in a composable manner, using only a few lines of code. Datashader can be used on its own, but it is also designed to work as a pre-processing stage in a plotting library, allowing that library to work with much larger datasets than it would otherwise.
Datashader supports Python 2.7, 3.6 and 3.7 on Linux, Windows, or Mac and can be installed with conda:
conda install datashader
or with pip:
pip install datashader
For the best performance, we recommend using conda so that you are sure
to get numerical libraries optimized for your platform. The latest
releases are avalailable on the pyviz channel
conda install -c pyviz datashader and the latest pre-release versions are avalailable on the
conda install -c pyviz/label/dev datashader.
Once you've installed datashader as above you can fetch the examples:
datashader examples cd datashader-examples
This will create a new directory called datashader-examples with all the data needed to run the examples.
To run all the examples you will need some extra dependencies. If you installed datashader within a conda environment, with that environment active run:
conda env update --file environment.yml
Otherwise create a new environment:
conda env create --name datashader --file environment.yml conda activate datashader
Clone the datashader git repository if you do not already have it:
git clone git://github.com/pyviz/datashader.git
Set up a new conda environment with all of the dependencies needed to run the examples:
cd datashader conda env create --name datashader --file ./examples/environment.yml conda activate datashader
Put the datashader directory into the Python path in this environment:
pip install -e .
After working through the examples, you can find additional resources linked from the datashader documentation, including API documentation and papers and talks about the approach.
Datashader is part of the PyViz initiative for making Python-based visualization tools work well together. See pyviz.org for related packages that you can use with Datashader and status.pyviz.org for the current status of each PyViz project.
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