## Question

Asked By – user311906

I am drawing a plot using matplotlib and python like the sample code below.

```
x = array([0,1,2,3])
y = array([20,21,22,23])
plot(x,y)
show()
```

As it is the code above on the x axis I will see drawn values `0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5`

i.e. the same values of my reference x values.

Is there anyway to map each point of x to a different string? So for example I want x axis to show months names( strings `Jun, July,...`

) or other strings like people names ( `"John", "Arnold", ...`

) or clock time ( `"12:20", "12:21", "12:22", ..`

).

Do you know what I can do or what function to have a look at?

For my purpose could it be `matplotlib.ticker`

of help?

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## Answer

You can manually set xticks (and yticks) using pyplot.xticks:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
x = np.array([0,1,2,3])
y = np.array([20,21,22,23])
my_xticks = ['John','Arnold','Mavis','Matt']
plt.xticks(x, my_xticks)
plt.plot(x, y)
plt.show()
```

This question is answered By – unutbu

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