R-alpha: Re: R-beta: Bug or feature? [+ better histograms]

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Mon, 18 Aug 1997 11:00:25 +0200

>>>>> Ross Ihaka writes:

> Bill Venables writes:
>> First a bit of an explanation.  Brian Ripley and I are firmly of
>> the opinion that, to be any use in teaching at all, histograms
>> should be nonparametric estimators of the probability density
>> function.  That is, the vertical scale should be a relative
>> frequency density scale.  It seems impossible to get this in R, so
>> here is a function (+ a few extras) that does give you a "true"
>> histogram, (unless you are peverse enough to request otherwise.)

> Oh goody!  I HATE the present hist; partly because of the
> frequency/density aspect, but mainly because if I ask for 10 cells I
> expect to get 10 cells, not 7 or 35 or whatever.  I'd like propose
> that the present hist get renamed hist.old (or something similar) and
> that Bill's "truehist" become the true "hist".

I'd say, get rid of the old one ...

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