How to color different seaborn kdeplots in one figure?

With seaborn, I want to plot the kde distribution of 4 different arrays all in one plot. The problem is that all arrays have different lengths to eachother.

mc_means_TP.shape, mc_means_TN.shape, mc_means_FP.shape, mc_means_FN.shape
> ((3640, 1), (3566, 1), (170, 1), (238, 1))

This makes some workaround necessary, in which I plot them all in one plot by sharing the same axis:

import seaborn as sns

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_TP, ax=ax, color='red', fill=True)
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_TN, ax=ax, color='green', fill=True)
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_FP, ax=ax, color='yellow')
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_FN, ax=ax, color='purple')

The result looks like this:

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Obviously, since they are sharing the same axis, it is not possible to color them differently, they are all colored blue.

I tried solving this with ax.set_prop_cycle(color=['red', 'green', 'blue', 'purple']), but it doesn’t work, I guess because Im using the same ax for all plots.

I guess the question breaks down to how to visualize the distribution density of different sized data arrays in one plot?


When arrays with more than one dimension are used, seaborn here ignores the color parameter and only considers the palette. You can either provide a palette (to override the default blue one used in this case), or to squeeze the arrays to be one dimensional:

import numpy as np
import seaborn as sns
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt

mc_means_TP = np.random.normal(10, 1, size=(3640, 1))
mc_means_TN = np.random.normal(20, 1, size=(3566, 1))
mc_means_FP = np.random.normal(12, 1, size=(170, 1))
mc_means_FN = np.random.normal(18, 1, size=(238, 1))

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_TP.squeeze(), ax=ax, color='red', fill=True, label='means TP')
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_TN.squeeze(), ax=ax, color='green', fill=True, label='means TN')
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_FP.squeeze(), ax=ax, color='gold', label='means FP')
sns.kdeplot(data=mc_means_FN.squeeze(), ax=ax, color='purple', label='means FN')
ax.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(1.02, 1.02), loc='upper left')

multiple kdeplots in same subplot