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Removing previously plotted points on scatter plot; python

  1. Nov 12, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm plotting moving particles and I need a way to refresh the graph space with every loop. Meaning I want the points to NOT leave a trail of other points behind them . Basically I want to get rid of the old points as I plot new ones.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    The code for plotting that is being used :
    Code (Python):

    while True:


        x,y = 0,0

        for i in range(n_particles):
            x = particle_pos[i,0]
            y = particle_pos[i,1]
            plt.scatter(x,y, color='green')
            plt.xlim(0 , L)
            plt.ylim(0 , L)
    Mentor edit - added code tags.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 12, 2017
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  3. Nov 12, 2017 #2

    jim mcnamara

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  4. Nov 13, 2017 #3


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