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ImageStack Element
import numpy as np
import holoviews as hv

ImageStack facilitates the representation of a regularly spaced 2D grid within a continuous domain of color space values (RGB(A)). The grid’s structure aligns closely with that of an Image element. In its simplest form, the grid can be defined through an array with dimensions of NxMxL, where L represents the number of channels. Alternatively, explicit and uniformly spaced x/y-coordinate arrays can also define the ImageStack.

The core methods for constructing an ImageStack are:

  1. Creating using coordinates and channel values:

    ImageStack((X, Y, L1, L2, ..., LL), vdims=["l1", "l2", ... "ll"])

    Here, X is a 1D array with M elements, Y is a 1D array with N elements, and L1, L2, …, LL represent 2D arrays with dimensions NxM.

  2. Creation through a composite array and bounds specification:

    ImageStack(Z, bounds=(x0, y0, x1, y1))

    In this scenario, Z is a 3D array with dimensions NxMxL, and the bounds parameter defines the (left, bottom, right, top) corners of the grid.

For comprehensive information, refer to the Gridded Datasets user guide.

Note The datashader library must be installed to use ImageStack with the matplotlib backend.

x = np.arange(0, 3)
y = np.arange(5, 8)
a = np.array([[np.nan, np.nan, 1], [np.nan] * 3, [np.nan] * 3])
b = np.array([[np.nan] * 3, [1, 1, np.nan], [np.nan] * 3])
c = np.array([[np.nan] * 3, [np.nan] * 3, [1, 1, 1]])

img_stack = hv.ImageStack((x, y, a, b, c), kdims=["x", "y"], vdims=["a", "b", "c"])

Slicing, sampling, etc. on an ImageStack all operate in this continuous space, whereas the corresponding operations on a Raster work on the raw array coordinates.

Here we take slices up to x=0.5 and y=7, which is out of bounds for the red.

img_stack[:0.5, :7]
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