# Plot a horizontal line using matplotlib

I have used spline interpolation to smooth a time series and would also like to add a horizontal line to the plot. But there seems to be an issue that is out of my grips. Any assistance would be really helpful. Here is what I have:

```
annual = np.arange(1,21,1)
l = np.array(value_list) # a list with 20 values
spl = UnivariateSpline(annual,l)
xs = np.linspace(1,21,200)
plt.plot(xs,spl(xs),'b')
plt.plot([0,len(xs)],[40,40],'r--',lw=2)
pylab.ylim([0,200])
plt.show()
```

problem seems to be with my use of `[0,len(xs)]`

for horizontal line plotting.

You are correct, I think the `[0,len(xs)]`

is throwing you off. You'll want to reuse the original x-axis variable `xs`

and plot that with another numpy array of the same length that has your variable in it.

```
annual = np.arange(1,21,1)
l = np.array(value_list) # a list with 20 values
spl = UnivariateSpline(annual,l)
xs = np.linspace(1,21,200)
plt.plot(xs,spl(xs),'b')
#####horizontal line
horiz_line_data = np.array([40 for i in xrange(len(xs))])
plt.plot(xs, horiz_line_data, 'r--')
###########plt.plot([0,len(xs)],[40,40],'r--',lw=2)
pylab.ylim([0,200])
plt.show()
```

Hopefully that fixes the problem!

From: stackoverflow.com/q/33382619

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