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Plotting a normalised histogram graph

Asked by John

John (view profile)

on 21 Dec 2011

Hi there,

I've imported a column vector of 3000 'distances traveled' values.

I am hoping to plot a graph similar to this one

I'm only interested in plotting the blue bars

I'm fairly new to matlab, could somebody please advise me on how I would to this.

For the blue bars would I need to normalize the data first and then plot a histogram chart? What function would I use?

Many thanks




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Answer by Junaid

Junaid (view profile)

on 21 Dec 2011
Accepted answer

Dear John,

Let say you have distance in D. You first have to take Histogram. For histogram if you know the number of bins then can give it as input or by default value will be applied. In given figure there are I assume 140 bins. So your code goes as follow:

h = hist(D,140); %D is your data and 140 is number of bins.
h = h/sum(h); % normalize to unit length. Sum of h now will be 1.
   bar(h, 'DisplayName', 'Travel Distance'); 

Do let me know If I answered your question correctly.



John (view profile)

on 21 Dec 2011

Dear Junaid,

Many thanks for your help. The code is perfect and I understand it.


R (view profile)

on 15 Jul 2013

dear junaid is it possible to normalize hsv histogram...


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