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Old 12-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #1
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Realtime interactive graphing of a simulation

I am writing a program to simulate a double displacement reaction getting to equilibrium, but I am having some trouble graphing the particles' concentrations. It seems that it's only possible to pan and zoom the graph once the program exits (when running it from IDLE), but I don't want to have to kill the sim every time I want to view the graph (besides, when I do, the graph window dissappears).

The following code contains all the graphing functionality, the initGraph() function is called before the sim's main loop, and updateGraph() is called once a second with the current concentrations of 4 types of particles. The sim uses PyGame for graphics, and I didn't think that code was relevant: if it is, just let me know and I'll post it.

from pylab import *

# Turn on interactive mode for graphing
xlabel("time (seconds)")
ylabel("concentration (particles/window)")

#graphLines = []
graphData = []
updateInterval = 0

def initGraph(interval, *colours):
    """Initializes this module

    interval: the time, in seconds, btwn calls to updateGraph()
    colours: list of 3-tuples (r,g,b) for each line's colour
    updateInterval = interval
    for c in colours:
        line = plot([0],[0])[0]

def updateGraph(*cons):
    """Updates graph data and draws it

    cons: a list of concentrations, the same length of colours arg to initGraph
    #for line, con in zip(graphLines, cons):
    for line, con in zip(graphData, cons):
        #xdata, ydata = line.get_xdata(), line.get_ydata()
        #xdata.append(xdata[-1] + updateInterval)
        #line.set_data(xdata, ydata)
        #plot(xdata, ydata)
        line['x'].append(line['x'][-1] + updateInterval)
    plot(*[line['x'], line['y'] for line in graphData])
Old 12-19-2007, 06:52 AM   #2
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I think you need threads. They allow you to run different parts of your program in parallel. Take a look to the links (just googled "python threads"):

Old 12-19-2007, 01:02 PM   #3
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Yea, I have tried threads too (and will actually change the whole graphing mechanism to one that uses TCP for communication, so I can graph on a different machine etc.), but I have the same problem.


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