# geom_histogram {ggplot2}

### Description

`geom_histogram`

is an alias for `geom_bar`

plus `stat_bin`

so you will need to look at the documentation for those objects to get more information about the parameters.

### Usage

geom_histogram(mapping = NULL, data = NULL, stat = "bin", position = "stack", ...)

### Arguments

- mapping
- The aesthetic mapping, usually constructed with
`aes`

or`aes_string`

. Only needs to be set at the layer level if you are overriding the plot defaults. - data
- A layer specific dataset - only needed if you want to override the plot defaults.
- stat
- The statistical transformation to use on the data for this layer.
- position
- The position adjustment to use for overlapping points on this layer
- ...
- other arguments passed on to
`layer`

. This can include aesthetics whose values you want to set, not map. See`layer`

for more details.

### Details

By default, `stat_bin`

uses 30 bins - this is not a good default, but the idea is to get you experimenting with different binwidths. You may need to look at a few to uncover the full story behind your data.

### Aesthetics

### Examples

set.seed(5689) movies <- movies[sample(nrow(movies), 1000), ] # Simple examples qplot(rating, data=movies, geom="histogram") qplot(rating, data=movies, weight=votes, geom="histogram") qplot(rating, data=movies, weight=votes, geom="histogram", binwidth=1) qplot(rating, data=movies, weight=votes, geom="histogram", binwidth=0.1) # More complex m <- ggplot(movies, aes(x=rating)) m + geom_histogram() m + geom_histogram(aes(y = ..density..)) + geom_density() m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 1) m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 0.5) m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 0.1) # Add aesthetic mappings m + geom_histogram(aes(weight = votes)) m + geom_histogram(aes(y = ..count..)) m + geom_histogram(aes(fill = ..count..)) # Change scales m + geom_histogram(aes(fill = ..count..)) + scale_fill_gradient("Count", low = "green", high = "red") # Often we don't want the height of the bar to represent the # count of observations, but the sum of some other variable. # For example, the following plot shows the number of movies # in each rating. qplot(rating, data=movies, geom="bar", binwidth = 0.1) # If, however, we want to see the number of votes cast in each # category, we need to weight by the votes variable qplot(rating, data=movies, geom="bar", binwidth = 0.1, weight=votes, ylab = "votes") m <- ggplot(movies, aes(x = votes)) # For transformed scales, binwidth applies to the transformed data. # The bins have constant width on the transformed scale. m + geom_histogram() + scale_x_log10() m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 1) + scale_x_log10() m + geom_histogram() + scale_x_sqrt() m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 10) + scale_x_sqrt() # For transformed coordinate systems, the binwidth applies to the # raw data. The bins have constant width on the original scale. # Using log scales does not work here, because the first # bar is anchored at zero, and so when transformed becomes negative # infinity. This is not a problem when transforming the scales, because # no observations have 0 ratings. m + geom_histogram(origin = 0) + coord_trans(x = "log10") # Use origin = 0, to make sure we don't take sqrt of negative values m + geom_histogram(origin = 0) + coord_trans(x = "sqrt") m + geom_histogram(origin = 0, binwidth = 1000) + coord_trans(x = "sqrt") # You can also transform the y axis. Remember that the base of the bars # has value 0, so log transformations are not appropriate m <- ggplot(movies, aes(x = rating)) m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 0.5) + scale_y_sqrt() m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 0.5) + scale_y_reverse() # Set aesthetics to fixed value m + geom_histogram(colour = "darkgreen", fill = "white", binwidth = 0.5) # Use facets m <- m + geom_histogram(binwidth = 0.5) m + facet_grid(Action ~ Comedy) # Often more useful to use density on the y axis when facetting m <- m + aes(y = ..density..) m + facet_grid(Action ~ Comedy) m + facet_wrap(~ mpaa) # Multiple histograms on the same graph # see ?position, ?position_fill, etc for more details. set.seed(6298) diamonds_small <- diamonds[sample(nrow(diamonds), 1000), ] ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(x=price)) + geom_bar() hist_cut <- ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(x=price, fill=cut)) hist_cut + geom_bar() # defaults to stacking hist_cut + geom_bar(position="fill") hist_cut + geom_bar(position="dodge") # This is easy in ggplot2, but not visually effective. It's better # to use a frequency polygon or density plot. Like this: ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(price, ..density.., colour = cut)) + geom_freqpoly(binwidth = 1000) # Or this: ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(price, colour = cut)) + geom_density() # Or if you want to be fancy, maybe even this: ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(price, fill = cut)) + geom_density(alpha = 0.2) # Which looks better when the distributions are more distinct ggplot(diamonds_small, aes(depth, fill = cut)) + geom_density(alpha = 0.2) + xlim(55, 70) rm(movies)

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