The Venn diagram is one of the most intuitive data visualisations for showing the overlap between two or three groups, or “sets”, of data. These diagrams were created in the late 1800s by John Venn and represent each group of data in a circle, with the overlap representing the similarity between each group. Here’s how you can create them using Matplotlib and Python.

It’s possible to create Venn diagrams in Python using several packages, including Matplotlib. However, the easiest way is to use the `matplotlib_venn`

package. This is a wrapper to Matplotlib and makes it very simple to create Venn diagrams with far less code. You’ll probably have `pandas`

and `matplotlib`

installed, but you may need to install `matplotlib_venn`

, which you can do by entering `pip3 install matplotlib_venn`

in your terminal.

```
import pandas as pd
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
from matplotlib_venn import venn2
from matplotlib_venn import venn3
```

To keep things simple, we’ll create some synthetic data to plot using Venn diagrams using Pandas. Ordinarily, when you’re constructing a Venn diagram you need to define the number of items in each set and the overlap. For example, if you were plotting “Music I like” vs. “Music you like”, you’d need to know how many unique bands we both liked, plus the number of bands that we both liked. However, `matplotlib_venn`

makes this process much easier, so you only require lists of categorical data to pass in.

```
data = {'cats': ['Furry','Claws','Low maintenance','Not scary','Cannot do tricks','Quiet'],
'dogs': ['Furry','Claws','High maintenance','Sometimes scary','Can do tricks','Noisy']
}
df = pd.DataFrame(data, columns = ['cats', 'dogs'])
df.head()
```

cats | dogs | |
---|---|---|

0 | Furry | Furry |

1 | Claws | Claws |

2 | Low maintenance | High maintenance |

3 | Not scary | Sometimes scary |

4 | Cannot do tricks | Can do tricks |

To create a simple Venn diagram containing the two dogs and cats sets, we can call the `venn2()`

function and pass in two values: a list of sets and a tuple of `set_labels`

. The list of sets needs to be a list with the `set()`

function used to define the individual list. `[set(df['cats'].to_list()), set(df['dogs'].to_list())]`

will handle this for us. The `set_labels`

argument then takes the name for each column, i.e. Cats or Dogs.

```
venn2([set(df['cats'].to_list()),
set(df['dogs'].to_list())],
set_labels=('Cats', 'Dogs')
)
```

```
<matplotlib_venn._common.VennDiagram at 0x7f5f5abe9730>
```

If you already know the amount of overlap between the two sets, you can instead use the `subsets()`

function and state the numbers to show in the A, B, and AB sets. Here, I like 10 bands, you like 5 and we have 1 in common.

```
venn2(subsets = (10, 5, 1),
set_labels = ('Music I like', 'Music you like'))
```

```
<matplotlib_venn._common.VennDiagram at 0x7f5f5ab6cc70>
```

You can also use Venn diagrams for three sets of data. The approach for this is exactly the same, but there’s a different function called `venn3()`

that needs to be used, since the underlying calculations are slightly different.

```
data = {'cats': ['Furry','Claws','Low maintenance','Not scary','Cannot do tricks','Quiet'],
'dogs': ['Furry','Claws','High maintenance','Sometimes scary','Can do tricks','Noisy'],
'fish': ['Scaly','No claws','Low maintenance','Sometimes scary','Cannot do tricks','Quiet']
}
df = pd.DataFrame(data, columns = ['cats', 'dogs', 'fish'])
df.head()
```

cats | dogs | fish | |
---|---|---|---|

0 | Furry | Furry | Scaly |

1 | Claws | Claws | No claws |

2 | Low maintenance | High maintenance | Low maintenance |

3 | Not scary | Sometimes scary | Sometimes scary |

4 | Cannot do tricks | Can do tricks | Cannot do tricks |

```
venn3([set(df['cats'].to_list()),
set(df['dogs'].to_list()),
set(df['fish'].to_list()),
],
set_labels=('Cats', 'Dogs', 'Fish')
)
```

```
<matplotlib_venn._common.VennDiagram at 0x7f5f5a98b6d0>
```

Matt Clarke, Sunday, March 07, 2021

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