
Getting histogram information
Posted:
Jun 11, 2009 7:07 AM


All,
I have used the Histogram[] function many times. It works well and has lots of options but seems to lack transparency.
Specifically, if I don't specify a bin width and let the function compute it, I want to know exactly what bin width the function used. Obviously, with some additional work I can infer the bin width from the resulting histogram. It would be better, however, to know precisely the bin width that the function actually used.
I consulted Wolfram support about this and they were helpful, providing me with a bit of clever but rather obscure code that returns the populated histogram bins. But this still requires additional work to infer the bin width. The code provided by Wolfram support is listed after the signature.
Can anyone figure out how to get the bin width directly from the Histogram[] function?
Thanks in advance.
Raul Martinez
Code:
data1=RandomReal[NormalDistribution[0,1],100];
h = Reap @Histogram[data1,Automatic,Function[{xbins,counts},Sow[counts];counts]]
h[[2]]
h[[2,1,1]]
(*This will give the number of bins.*) h[[2,1,1]]//Length

