Creating Marks on Slider from Dictionary


I am working on creating a dashboard with a slider to filter data by time. I am having some issues creating date marks on the slider that are dynamic and equally spaced out. My dates are stored in a dictionary with the following format:

{0: '2020-01-03',
 1: '2020-01-04',
 2: '2020-01-05',
 n: 'DateN'}

Here is a reproducible example:

#Import packages
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import dash
import dash_core_components as dcc
import dash_html_components as html
import dash_bootstrap_components as dbc
from dash.dependencies import Input, Output
import time
from datetime import date, datetime

#Load data
who_data = pd.read_csv("")
who_data['Date_reported_string'] = who_data['Date_reported'].copy()

#Create slider dictionary
slider_options = dict((d_key, d_val) for d_key, d_val in enumerate(sorted(who_data['Date_reported_string'].unique())))

#Create array of equally spaced out dates
x = np.linspace(min(slider_options.keys()), max(slider_options.keys()), 10,dtype=int)
x = x.round(0)

#Dash App layout
app = dash.Dash(external_stylesheets=[dbc.themes.BOOTSTRAP])
app.layout = html.Div([
        dcc.Tab(label="Slider Example",
                        html.Label(dcc.Markdown('''**Choose a date: **''')),
                                   min = min(slider_options.keys()),
                                   max = max(slider_options.keys()),                                   
                                   value = max(slider_options.keys()),
                                   marks = {i: str(i) for i in range(x[0],x[-1]) if i %75 ==0}
                    ],style={'width': '100%','display': 'inline-block','text-align': 'center'}),
                        html.Label('Date selected'),

def date_show(date_value):
    return date_value


I want to get the actual dates from the dictionary instead of the keys. I’ve tried making a list out of the dictionary values like this:


However, when I stick date_list in place of x in the marks argument, I get a Type error that reads: ‘str’ object cannot be interpreted as an integer. Not sure how to solve this one.

Can someone help me figure this out? I’m stuck and not sure of how to proceed. Any help would be appreciated!

Hi @plotme1

Try changing the marks to:

marks = {i: slider_options[i] for i in range(x[0], x[-1]) if i % 75 == 0}

and then the callback:

return slider_options[date_value]
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Thank you so much! Works perfectly!

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