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WebGL Heatmaps in Python

How to make webGL based heatmaps in Python with Plotly.

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import plotly


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import plotly.plotly as py

import requests
from PIL import Image
from io import BytesIO

Create a HeatmapGL from an Image¶

Process the image for generating heatmap:

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image_url = ''

response = requests.get(image_url)
img =
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arr = np.array(img)
z_data = []

for i in range(500):
    k = []
    for j in range(500):

Create the WebGL Heatmap

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trace = dict(type='heatmapgl', z=z_data, colorscale='Picnic')
data = [trace]

layout = dict(width=700, height=700)
fig = dict(data=data, layout=layout)
py.iplot(fig, filename='basic heatmapgl')


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