Image Element
In [1]:
import numpy as np
import holoviews as hv

Like Raster , a HoloViews Image allows you to view 2D arrays using an arbitrary color map. Unlike Raster , an Image is associated with a 2D coordinate system in continuous space , which is appropriate for values sampled from some underlying continuous distribution (as in a photograph or other measurements from locations in real space).

In [2]:
ls = np.linspace(0, 10, 200)
xx, yy = np.meshgrid(ls, ls)

bounds=(-1,-1,1,1)   # Coordinate system: (left, bottom, top, right)
img = hv.Image(np.sin(xx)*np.cos(yy), bounds=bounds)

Slicing, sampling, etc. on an Image all operate in this continuous space, whereas the corresponding operations on a Raster work on the raw array coordinates.

In [3]:
img + img[-0.5:0.5, -0.5:0.5]

Notice how, because our declared coordinate system is continuous, we can slice with any floating-point value we choose. The appropriate range of the samples in the input numpy array will always be displayed, whether or not there are samples at those specific floating-point values. This also allows us to index by a floating value, since the Image is defined as a continuous space it will snap to the closest coordinate, to inspect the closest coordinate we can use the closest method:

In [4]:
%%opts Points (color='black' marker='x' size=20)
closest = img.closest((0.1,0.1))
print('The value at position %s is %s' % (closest, img[0.1, 0.1]))
img * hv.Points([img.closest((0.1,0.1))])
The value at position (0.105, 0.095000000000000001) is 0.129347201702

We can also easily take cross-sections of the Image by using the sample method or collapse a dimension using the reduce method:

In [5]:
img.sample(x=0) + img.reduce(x=np.mean)

The constructor of Image attempts to validate the input data by ensuring it is regularly sampled. In some cases, your data may be not be regularly sampled to a sufficiently high precision in which case you qill see an exception recommending the use of QuadMesh instead. If you see this message and are sure that the Image element is appropriate, you can set the rtol value in the constructor to allow a higher deviation in sample spacing than the default of 10e-6 . Alternatively, you can set this globally using hv.config.image_rtol as described in the Installing and Configuring user guide.

One additional way to create Image objects is via the separate ImaGen library, which creates parameterized streams of images for experiments, simulations, or machine-learning applications.

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