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

Ross Ihaka ihaka at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Mon Aug 18 01:42:02 CEST 1997

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".

Any takers?
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