# Python Scatter Plot with Multiple Y values for each X

## Question:

I am trying to use Python to create a scatter plot that contains two X categories “cat1” “cat2” and each category has multiple Y values. I can get this to work if the number of Y values for each X value is the same by using this following code:

```
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
y = [(1,1,2,3),(1,1,2,4)]
x = [1,2]
py.plot(x,y)
plot.show()
```

but as soon as the number of Y values for each X value is not the same, I get an error. For example this does not work:

```
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
y = [(1,1,2,3,9),(1,1,2,4)]
x = [1,2]
plt.plot(x,y)
plot.show()
#note now there are five values for x=1 and only four for x=2. error
```

How can I plot different numbers of Y values for each X value and how can I change the X axis from being the numbers 1 and 2 to text categories “cat1” and “cat2”. I would greatly appreciate any help on this!

Here is a sample image of the type of plot I am trying to make:

## Answers:

How can I plot different numbers of Y values for each X value

Just plot each group separately:

```
for xe, ye in zip(x, y):
plt.scatter([xe] * len(ye), ye)
```

and how can I change the X axis from being the numbers 1 and 2 to text categories “cat1” and “cat2”.

Set ticks and tick labels manually:

```
plt.xticks([1, 2])
plt.axes().set_xticklabels(['cat1', 'cat2'])
```

Full code:

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
y = [(1,1,2,3,9),(1,1,2,4)]
x = [1,2]
for xe, ye in zip(x, y):
plt.scatter([xe] * len(ye), ye)
plt.xticks([1, 2])
plt.axes().set_xticklabels(['cat1', 'cat2'])
plt.savefig('t.png')
```

To respond to the comment from javadba, I was able to plot multiple dependent variables (new covid cases) for a single independent variable (date) using matplotlib.

```
plt.xticks(rotation=90)
plt.scatter(x=dates_uk[::5], y=cases_uk[::5])
plt.scatter(x=dates_us[::5], y=cases_us[::5])
classes = ['UK New Cases', 'US New Cases']
plt.legend(labels=classes)
plt.show()
```