Altair offers a powerful and concise visualization grammar that enables you to build a wide range of statistical visualizations quickly. Here is an example of using the Altair API to quickly visualize a dataset with an interactive scatter plot:
import altair as alt # load a simple dataset as a pandas DataFrame from vega_datasets import data cars = data.cars() alt.Chart(cars).mark_point().encode( x='Horsepower', y='Miles_per_Gallon', color='Origin', ).interactive()
The key idea is that you are declaring links between data columns and visual encoding channels, such as the x-axis, y-axis, color, etc. The rest of the plot details are handled automatically. Building on this declarative plotting idea, a surprising range of simple to sophisticated plots and visualizations can be created using a relatively concise grammar.