To draw a dendrogram, you first need to have a **numeric matrix**. Each line represents an **entity** (here a car). Each column is a **variable** that describes the cars. The objective is to **cluster** the entities to show who shares similarities with whom. The dendrogram will draw the similar entities closer to each other in the tree.

Letβs start by loading a dataset and the requested libraries:

```
# Libraries
import pandas as pd
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
from scipy.cluster.hierarchy import dendrogram, linkage
import numpy as np
# Import the mtcars dataset from the web + keep only numeric variables
url = 'https://raw.githubusercontent.com/holtzy/The-Python-Graph-Gallery/master/static/data/mtcars.csv'
df = pd.read_csv(url)
df = df.set_index('model')
df = df.reset_index(drop=True)
df.head()
```

mpg | cyl | disp | hp | drat | wt | qsec | vs | am | gear | carb | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

0 | 21.0 | 6 | 160.0 | 110 | 3.90 | 2.620 | 16.46 | 0 | 1 | 4 | 4 |

1 | 21.0 | 6 | 160.0 | 110 | 3.90 | 2.875 | 17.02 | 0 | 1 | 4 | 4 |

2 | 22.8 | 4 | 108.0 | 93 | 3.85 | 2.320 | 18.61 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 1 |

3 | 21.4 | 6 | 258.0 | 110 | 3.08 | 3.215 | 19.44 | 1 | 0 | 3 | 1 |

4 | 18.7 | 8 | 360.0 | 175 | 3.15 | 3.440 | 17.02 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 2 |

All right, now that we have our numeric matrix, we can calculate the **distance** between each car, and draw the **hierarchical clustering**. Distance calculation can be done by the `linkage()`

function. I strongly advise you to visit the next page for more details concerning this crucial step.

```
# Calculate the distance between each sample
# You have to think about the metric you use (how to measure similarity) + about the method of clusterization you use (How to group cars)
Z = linkage(df, 'ward')
```

Last but not least, you can easily plot this object as a dendrogram using the `dendrogram()`

function of scipy library. These parameters are passed to the function:

`Z`

: The linkage matrix`labels`

: Labels to put under the leaf node`leaf_rotation`

: Specifies the angle (in degrees) to rotate the leaf labels

See post #401 for possible customisations to a dendrogram.

```
# Plot title
plt.title('Hierarchical Clustering Dendrogram')
# Plot axis labels
plt.xlabel('sample index')
plt.ylabel('distance (Ward)')
# Make the dendrogram
dendrogram(Z, labels=df.index, leaf_rotation=90)
# Show the graph
plt.show()
```