Demo of the histogram function's different histtype settings#

  • Histogram with step curve that has a color fill.

  • Histogram with step curve with no fill.

  • Histogram with custom and unequal bin widths.

  • Two histograms with stacked bars.

Selecting different bin counts and sizes can significantly affect the shape of a histogram. The Astropy docs have a great section on how to select these parameters:

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


mu_x = 200
sigma_x = 25
x = np.random.normal(mu_x, sigma_x, size=100)

mu_w = 200
sigma_w = 10
w = np.random.normal(mu_w, sigma_w, size=100)

fig, axs = plt.subplots(nrows=2, ncols=2)

axs[0, 0].hist(x, 20, density=True, histtype='stepfilled', facecolor='g',
axs[0, 0].set_title('stepfilled')

axs[0, 1].hist(x, 20, density=True, histtype='step', facecolor='g',
axs[0, 1].set_title('step')

axs[1, 0].hist(x, density=True, histtype='barstacked', rwidth=0.8)
axs[1, 0].hist(w, density=True, histtype='barstacked', rwidth=0.8)
axs[1, 0].set_title('barstacked')

# Create a histogram by providing the bin edges (unequally spaced).
bins = [100, 150, 180, 195, 205, 220, 250, 300]
axs[1, 1].hist(x, bins, density=True, histtype='bar', rwidth=0.8)
axs[1, 1].set_title('bar, unequal bins')

stepfilled, step, barstacked, bar, unequal bins


The use of the following functions, methods, classes and modules is shown in this example:

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