[R] How to use breaks argument in hist() function correctly?

Stephen Ellison S@E|||@on @end|ng |rom LGCGroup@com
Wed Sep 18 13:13:59 CEST 2019

> When I had breaks = 18, I get total number of cells as 16, which is
> same when I put breaks = 20
> In the 2nd case I was expecting total number of cells (i.e. bars) as
> 20 i.e. if I understand the documentation correctly I should expect
> total number of cells (bars) should be same as breaks argument in
> hist() function.

You do not _quite_ understand the documentation correctly.
?hist says
"In the last three cases the number is a suggestion only; as
the breakpoints will be set to 'pretty' values"
That includes specification of a single number of breaks.

> How to make that happen?
Specify a vector of breaks with 20 intervals (21 values). 
For example,
breaks=seq(-4500000, 3500000, length.out=21)
This gives a bin width of 4e5. 

S Ellison

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