# Labelling points on a NumberLinePlot

I have a list of points plotted using the command:

NumberLinePlot[{1, 1.5, 2}, PlotStyle -> {{Thick, Red, PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Darker[Green],
PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Blue, PointSize[Large]}},
PlotTheme -> "Scientific"]


The output is of the form: How can I label each point in the graph. Say, for instance, the red term is the first term in a sequence, the green term is the second term in the sequence etc. How can I label the plot such that this labelling, as $x_1, x_2$ is reflected in the graph. It'd be great if someone could suggest a way where I can introduce these labels directly on the graph, and not in the legend, so I don't necessarily have to color the points differently.

labels={"label1","label2","label3"};
i=1;
NumberLinePlot[{1,1.5, 2}, PlotStyle-> {{Thick, Red, PointSize[Large]},
{Thick, Darker[Green], PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Blue, PointSize[Large]}},
ImagePadding -> 20] /. Point[x_]->{Point[x], Text[labels[[i++]], {0,1} + x]} Update: Stealing @Mr.Wizard's idea of using Tooltips with an alternative way to post-process

nlp = NumberLinePlot[Tooltip@@@Transpose[{{1,1.5, 2}, labels}],
PlotStyle -> {{Thick, Red, PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Darker[Green],
PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Blue, PointSize[Large]}}];

Show[nlp /. Tooltip[x_, y_] :> {x, Text[y, {0,1} + x[[1,1]]]}, ImagePadding -> 20] Update 2: Neither of the methods above work in version 11.3. The following modification of the first method works:

labels = {"label1", "label2", "label3"};
i = 1;
NumberLinePlot[List /@ {1, 1.5, 2},
PlotStyle -> ({{Thick, Red, PointSize[Large]},
{Thick, Darker[Green], PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Blue,
PointSize[Large]}}),
ImagePadding -> 20, Spacings -> {1/4, 0, 0}] /.
Point[x_] :> {Point[x], Text[labels[[i++]], {0, 1/4} + x]} • I was about to note the example in the ListPlot documentation, but you got there first. Nov 16, 2018 at 16:24

Tooltip gives you hover-over labels:

dat = {Tooltip[1, "x1"], Tooltip[1.5, "x2"], Tooltip[2, "x3"]};

p1 = NumberLinePlot[dat,
PlotStyle -> {{Thick, Red, PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Darker[Green],
PointSize[Large]}, {Thick, Blue, PointSize[Large]}}, PlotTheme -> "Scientific"]


I am working on always-visible labels now.

I could not quickly trace the handling of Labeled in NumberLinePlot but it seems it is not supported. We could extract points and re-plot them with a function that does support Labeled, ListPlot:

pts = Cases[p1, Tooltip[{_[pt_]}, lbl_] :> Labeled[pt, lbl], -3];

Show[p1, ListPlot[pts, PlotStyle -> None], PlotRange -> All] • Oh. But if I want to embed the graph in a PDF? For that, ideally, I was hoping there's a way I could label the points on the numberline and make that labelling apparent. Mar 8, 2017 at 3:39
• @JunaidAftab Yes, I understand. Please see my updated answer. This uses the automatically positioned labeling of ListPlot in an overlay of the NumberLinePlot. Mar 8, 2017 at 4:08