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Data Visualization Using Seaborn For Beginners

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Seaborn is a Python data visualization library based on the Matplotlib library. It provides a high-level interface for drawing attractive and informative statistical graphs. Here in this article, we’ll learn how to create basic plots using the Seaborn library. Such as:

        •  Scatter Plot
        •  Histogram
        • Bar Plot
        • Box and Whiskers Plot
        • Pairwise Plots

Here I’m going to use the dataset called Toyota Corolla, which is a cars dataset. You can find the dataset here. Here’s the head of the dataset-



Scatter Plot:

Scatter plots can be used to show a linear relationship between two or three data points using the seaborn library. A Scatter plot of price vs age with default arguments will be like this:

sns.regplot(x = cars_data["Age"], y = cars_data["Price"])
scatter plot | data visualization using seaborn

Here, regplot means Regression Plot. By default fit_reg = True. It estimates and plots a regression model relating the x and y variable.

Scatter Plot (for 3 variables):

Age and Price are 2 numerical variables so, what if you want to add one more categorical variable. Let’s say you have a Scatter Plot of price vs age column and you want to do it by fuel type. So for that, you have to use a parameter called hue, including other variables to show the fuel types categories with different colors. So there is a function in seaborn libraries called lmplot this helps us to add another categorical variable in the numerical variables Scatter Plot.

sns.lmplot(x='Age', y='Price', data=cars_data,
scatter plot 3 variables

We need to put the legend = True, to know which FuelType is which color and palette, that is color scheme. We use “Set1” as a palette here.


In order to draw a histogram in Seaborn, we have a function called distplot and inside that, we have to pass the variable which we want to include. Histogram with default kernel density estimate:

histogram | data visualization using seaborn

For the x-axis, we are giving Age and the histogram is by default include kernel density estimate (kde). Kernel density estimate is the curved line along with the bins or the edges of the frequency of the Ages. If you want to remove the Kernel density estimate (kde) then use kde = False.

histogram kde false | data visualization using seaborn

After that, you got frequency as the y-axis and the age of the car as the x-axis.

If you want to organize all the different intervals or bins, you can use the bins parameter on the distplot function. Let’s use bins = 5 on the distplot function. It will organize your bins into five bins or intervals.

histogram with bins

Now you can say that from age 65 to 80 we have more than 500 cars.

Bar Plot:

Bar plot is for categorical variables. Bar plot is the commonly used plot because of its simplicity and it’s easy to understand data through them. You can plot a barplot in seaborn using the countplot library. It’s really simple. Let’s plot a barplot of FuelType.

sns.countplot(x="FuelType", data=cars_data)
bar plot | data visualization using seaborn

In the y-axis, we have got the frequency distribution of FuelType of the cars.

Grouped Bar Plot:

We can plot a barplot between two variables. That’s called grouped barplot. Let’s plot a barplot of FuelType distributed by different values of the Automatic column.

sns.countplot(x="FuelType", data=cars_data,
grouped bar chart | data visualization using seaborn

Box and Whiskers Plot:

Box and whiskers plots are used for analyzing the detailed distribution of a dataset. Let’s plot Box and whiskers plot of the Price column of the dataset to visually interpret the “five-number summary”. Five Number Summary includes minimum, maximum, and the three quartiles(1st quartile, median and third quartile).

boxplot | data visualization using seaborn


  • Minimum:  The minimum value of the dataset excluding the outliers
  • Maximum:  The maximum value of the dataset excluding the outliers
  • First quartile/Q1 (25th percentile): The median value between the smallest number and the median of the dataset
  • Median (50th percentile):       The median of the Dataset.
  • Third Quartile/Q3 (75th percentile):  The median value between the median of the dataset and the highest value of the dataset
different parts of box plot


Here, IQR is interquartile range:
IQR = Q3-Q1                                           

Anything above the whiskers is called Outliers. Outlier or extreme values lies above 1.5 times the median values.

Box and Whiskers Plot(Numerical vs Categorical Variable): 

Boxplot for Price of the cars for various FuelType



box plot numerical vs categorical

Grouped Box and Whiskers plot:

Grouped box and whiskers plot of Price vs FuelType and Automatic

grouped box plot

Higher upper Whiskers means we have more number of cars which have a higher price.

How to draw two plots on the same window:

Let’s plot box and whiskers plot and histogram on the same window. First, we need to split the plotting window into two parts. For that:

f, (ax_box,ax_hist) = plt.subplots(2, gridspec_kw={"height_ratios":(.15,.85)})

Here, we pass 2 as the number of windows we want to create.

  • ax_bx: axis for boxplot.
  • ax_hist: axis for histogram.

Let’s now create two plots on the same window:

f, (ax_box,ax_hist) = plt.subplots(2, gridspec_kw=
sns.boxplot(cars_data["Price"], ax=ax_box)
sns.distplot(cars_data["Price"], ax=ax_hist, kde=False)
two plots in same window | data visualization using seaborn

Pairwise Plots:

A pair plot is used to plot pairwise relationships between columns in a dataset. Create scatterplots for joint relationships and histograms for univariate distribution or relationships.  It will show the relationship between all the different variables in a particular dataset. In a pair plot, we can pass hue as a parameter. hue is the parameter on which we want to calculate the pairwise plot. Let’s plot a pair plot by passing FuelType as a hue. Here hue = FuelType because we want to do this pairwise plot by using FuelType on all the rest of the columns.

sns.pairplot(cars_data, kind=”scatter”, hue=”FuelType”)


Here we can see scatter plot and histogram is plotted. Scatter plot is the default in pair plot. And Histogram is plotted when there is the same variable in both the x-axis and y-axis. When we get the same variable in both the x-axis and y-axis we get a histogram which is a univariate distribution, “uni” means only one and for histogram, we get only one variable in both the x-axis and y-axis.


I hope you enjoyed the article. If you have anything to know related to the article, feel free to ask me in the comment section.

About me:

Currently, I am pursuing my bachelor’s in Computer Science, and I am very enthusiastic about Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Data Science.

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