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Applying an offset to annotations in Matplotlib

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To apply an offset to annotations in Matplotlib we leverage the `xytext` and `textcoords` parameters within the `plt.annotate(~)` method:

``` x = [1,2,3]y = [4,5,6]plt.scatter([1,2,3], [4,5,6])for i in range(len(x)): plt.annotate(i, (x[i], y[i]), xytext=(5, 5), textcoords="offset pixels") ```

To explain, we need to set two parameters here `xytext` and `textcoords`. The `textcoords` is needed to apply the offsets, and the `xytext` allows us to specify just how much we want to offset the annotations by. The `xytext` takes in a tuple, with the first item being the horizontal offset, and second being the vertical offset.

The output is as follows:

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