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If you use the software, please consider citing astroML. astroML.density_estimation.scotts_bin_width

astroML.density_estimation.scotts_bin_width(data, return_bins=False)

Return the optimal histogram bin width using Scott’s rule:

Parameters :

data : array-like, ndim=1

observed (one-dimensional) data

return_bins : bool (optional)

if True, then return the bin edges

Returns :

width : float

optimal bin width using Scott’s rule

bins : ndarray

bin edges: returned if return_bins is True


The optimal bin width is

\Delta_b = \frac{3.5\sigma}{n^{1/3}}

where \sigma is the standard deviation of the data, and n is the number of data points.