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PSPP-BUG: [bug #43768] Histogram in FREQUENCIES incorrect

From: John Darrington
Subject: PSPP-BUG: [bug #43768] Histogram in FREQUENCIES incorrect
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:54:04 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #1, bug #43768 (project pspp):

I don't think it is right to say that either histogram is "incorrect".  For
any dataset, there are an infinite number of possible histograms.  The
difference is that they have different number of bins.  

In particular, the EXAMINE command uses Sturges Rule[1] to determine the
bin_width, whereas FREQENCIES uses the Freedman-Diaconis rule[2].  The former
is generally regarded as being better for a small number of data, but not so
good for large datasets.

[1] http://www.syque.com/improvement/Sturgess%20Rule.htm
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedman%E2%80%93Diaconis_rule


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