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What the shist()?

More than cheap wordplay

I love hist(). It is both a go to plot for data exploration and a really simple way to dazzle users of Microsoft Excel. base::hist() is fast, both to type and in execution, but its downfall is you end up using it many times in a row while you fumble for the right bin width. All that fumbling can kill the magic.

Enter shist() the shifting-histogram… or something… it sounded cool. shist() is a histogram I built from Hadley’s ggvis that lets you interactively select the bin width while it updates the frequencies in real time. This means you only need to plot at most twice: One for shape, two for pretty. It is a very simple package with simple code, so hopefully ‘it just works’. Maybe I should call it iShist()? I digress. Here is how you use it:

#Produces a shifting histogram with a slider to select bin width. 
#The bin width increment step is automatically is selected by an algorithm. 
#It can be overidden:
shist(trees$Girth, bin_step = 1)

And this is kind of what it looks like, since the real deal is far more than a static image:

shist() is available at

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